Mani named captain

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By Taromane Martin

Malaita Kings FC forward Charles Mani is rumoured to have been appointed as team captain for the national U-16 team. Photo Taromane Martin.

SIXTEEN year old Charles Mani has been named captain for the Solomon Islands national Under 16 soccer team for next month’s OFC U-16 Championship.

The Malaita Kingz FC forward who won the Youth Solomon Cup with the Malaita Eagles U-19 team last year has been a revelation for football in the country along with the likes of U-19 players Henly Ramo, Frank Kabui, Patrick Taroga and Lino Houairia.

Mani will lead the lads in green, blue and yellow next month here at Lawson Tama Stadium when Honiara plays host to the 2018 OFC U-16 Championships from September 9-12.

Solomon Islands are in Pool A alongside New Zealand, Papua New Guinea and Vanuatu.

Solomon Islands takes on Melanesian neighbours Papua New Guinea in their opening match 3pm on the opening day of competition September 9.

The two finalists from the OFC U-16 Championship will get qualification for next year’s FIFA U17 World Cup in Peru.

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