Eagles favourite

Frank Kabui, right wearing armband, playing against Makira Ulawa during Wednesday’s match
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We’re heading for gold: Malaita coach


MALAITA Eagles under-19 side are top of the table in the 2018 Youth Solomon Cup after three successive wins.

And their head coach, Robert Wanedala believes his boys, mostly from the northern region of Malaita, are now favourites to win the tournament.

As he so graciously puts it “we are heading for gold and glory”.

This was after the young Eagles’ cruised to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Guadalcanal Hornets on Saturday at Lawson Tama stadium.

“This was a very important game, it was a decider for us and now I think we are heading towards gold,” Wanedala said.

The underperforming Guadalcanal Hornets never really threatened the Eagles during their weekend encounter apart from some half chances.

Eagles, on the other hand, were dominate taking the lead on the stroke of half time through their flamboyant captain and playmaker, Frank Kabui.

The Eagles went out in search for an early goal but were met with some stubborn defending from the Hornets in the early stages of the game.

“We expected an early goal in the game but it did not happen even though there were chances.

“But we did manage to score before half time. Generally, the boys played according to our game plan except for scoring an early goal which we expected.

“After that first goal, I think it boosted the confidence of my boys to keep searching for more goals,” coach Wanedala said.

Malaita Eagles takes on fellow favourites Western Turtles in the main match at Lawson Tama today in a top of the table clash.

This match can potentially decide the destination of the tournament trophy and coach Wanedala is expecting a tough game.

“From experience the game is not always the same, one day we have a good performance, the next day we don’t, so we are prepared for everything.

“Sometimes we have expectations but the results say otherwise. So we will treat each game as a final, whatever the result we are going for glory,” he said.

Malaita Eagles has nine points while Turtles sits second with seven points with the Eagles having the advantage of an extra game in hand.