Futsal semifinals tomorrow
By Taromane Martin
MARIST FC will meet Mataks FC in the first semifinal match of the 2017 Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Futsal Championship.
Both Marist FC and KOSSA FC qualified from Pool A after the final pool matches played at the Multipurpose Hall yesterday.
Marist FC defeated Real Kakamora FC 6-2 in their final pool match yesterday to see them leading Pool A by goal difference over second placed KOSSA FC who are also with 10 points.
Marist who finished top of Pool A with 10 points take on Mataks FC who is the runner up in Pool B with nine points at 1:30pm while second placed KOSSA FC will meet Pool B leaders G-Camp FC at 3pm.
G-Camp FC who is the reigning champions of the 2017 Melanesia Wantok Cup is still undefeated. But with KOSSA FC also still undefeated, this promises to be an action packed match as both teams fight for a spot for the grand final match set for Friday.
Meanwhile, SIFF Futsal Development Officer Jerry Sam said he is happy with the progress made so far and calls on club supporters to come and respectfully support their teams tomorrow.
“After all the pool matches we now only have Marist FC, KOSSA FC, Mataks FC and G-Camp FC remaining.
“So far so good, I’m really happy with the progress made since the competition started last week and with the completion of the pool matches the semifinals will surely be exciting.
The Development Officer also stressed his disappointment with Henderson Eels and the West Honiara Royals futsal teams who did not show up for their respective matches on Monday at the Multipurpose Hall.
“While there is reason to be happy I’m really disappointed with the two clubs for the attitude shown by them on Monday,” Mr Sam said.
“I do not want to see this happening ever again in future competitions because we want to give clubs the opportunity to play here.
“And if you’ve built a good reputation for your club in this futsal Championship then for sure you will be given an opportunity to play in the 2018 SIFF national Futsal League planned for next year.
“I urge all supporters to come and support your teams in a good and respectable manner during the finals.
“Security will be tightened up at the Multipurpose Hall and fans that are drunk and consuming alcohol will not be allowed entry to watch the semifinals because we want to protect both the players and spectators.
“Therefore I want to remind all Team Managers to make sure your fans that want to come and support behavior and respect one another so we can watch and enjoy the semifinals tomorrow,” he said.