Down but not out: Marahare

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Harrison Mala of KOSSA tries to take on Nalkutan FC defense in Tuesday’s friendly at Korman Stadium in Port Vila.
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KOSSA meets Nalkutan FC today

By Taromane Martin

Harrison Mala of KOSSA tries to take on Nalkutan FC defense in Tuesday’s friendly at Korman Stadium in Port Vila.

KOSSA Football Club will look to finish their tour of Port Villa on a high note when they take on OFC Champions League bound Nalkutan FC in their final friendly match today.

Despite losing their first match 3-1 to the Port Villa soccer league champions Nalkutan FC on Tuesday, KOSSA Head Coach Eddie Marahare said they will approach today’s match with determination.

“Team lost 3-1 against Nalkutan FC yesterday but overall performance was positive and equal in terms of team possession and scoring opportunities.

“Down but not out, we’ll go into tomorrow’s final game with determination to finish the tour on a high note,” he stated on the club social media page yesterday.

Moffat Deremoa gave KOSSA the lead halfway in the first half only to see Naka equalizing for the home side just before the break after.

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First choice goal keeper Desmond Tutu was forced off the field in the second half after a heavy collision with Nalkutan FC striker James Naka inside the eighteen yard box.

“Kossa scored half way in first half through Moffat Deramoa to lead early in the game. James Naka equalised for Nalkutan FC before half time,” Coach Marahare said.

“The second half was equally contested in terms of possession and scoring opportunities. Kossa FC GK Desmond Tutu got injured and taken off the field after collusion with James Naka.

“He was replaced by Phillip Mango. Nalkutan FC and Vanuatu International Bon Kalo scored midway in the second half for his side to lead 2-1.

“Saromon scored the third to make the final score 3-1. For KOSSA, the overall team performance was impressive, especially the performance of the young players that played in the match.

“The friendly international is good experience for them as we prepare for TSL Championship this coming weekend. Our final game will be on Thursday again with Nalkutan FC,” he adds.

KOSSA FC will return this Friday.

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