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Solomon Warriors claim final berth

The side maintained a season long clean sheet, recording 12 wins and four draws, scoring 58 goals and conceding just 15 in the process The Solomon Warriors have qualified for
13 Mar 2014 13:43

The side maintained a season long clean sheet, recording 12 wins and four draws, scoring 58 goals and conceding just 15 in the process

The Solomon Warriors have qualified for their second consecutive OFC Champions League after taking out the 2013-14 Telekom S-League.
The victory sees the side join Samoa’s Kiwi FC, Waitakere United from New Zealand and Tahitian club Pirae in Group A in the competition, which gets underway in Fiji on 7 April.
The Moses Toata coached side maintained a season long clean sheet, recording 12 wins and four draws, scoring 58 goals and conceding just 15 in the process.
The league faced major changes in the management structure and competition format for the 2013-14 season, with a nine-club competition getting underway on 12 October.
Alongside the defending champions were Hana, Koloale, KOSSA, MalaitaKingz, Marist, Real Kakamora, Western United and debutants X-Beam.
The season spanned seven months, during which over 72 matches were played over 30 match days and a total of 274 goals were scored, but it was tough going with the weather causing a number of delays.
S-League board chairman Loyley Ngira says the pinnacle of the league was seeing increasing numbers turning out at Lawson Tama each week to watch the teams in action.
“We are pleased to see more people come out from their homes and watch football at Lawson Tama,” Ngira says.
“That was one of our major goals as we try to rebuild the game in Solomon Islands and what we saw is very encouraging.”
Ngira says as well as being a success on the field, the S-League’s newly implemented administration structures also ran smoothly.
In previous competitions the S-League was managed internally by the Solomon Islands Football Federation, run by the competitions department.
This time around an independent board was implemented with a board-appointed manager at the helm.
“The S-League board was put in place with barely two months to prepare for the season but it was able to oversee not only the commencement of the competition, but its effective administration throughout,” Ngira says. He also acknowledged the stakeholders as well as fans in the community who showed their support for the competition.




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