EELS LEAD ROUND ONE

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By TAROMANE MARTIN

Henderson Eels FC will finish round one the 2020-2021 Telekom Soccer League (TSL) seasons in first position after picking up a ninth win in the competition.

Eels picked apart Real Kakamora FC for a 4-0 win in the second half of their week 10 mid-week clash yesterday at the Lawson Tama, to see them extend their lead to competition table with 27 points.

Joses Nawo gave Eels the lead in the 46th minute, courtesy of a Raphael Lea’i assist, with his head, before doubling the lead in the 55th minute from a 20-yard free kick, after Lea’i was sliced down recklessly by Kakamora defenders.

Real Kakamora tried to repair their attack after those two goals, but with youngster Chris Hatarau missing out yesterday, Adrian Mara had a hard time going forward.

Second half substitute Augustine Waita added Eels third goal of the day in the 58th minute after being teed up nicely by Raphael’s lay back.

With three assists to his name, there was no denying the 18-year-old Lea’i from adding his name to the score sheets.

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Lea’i grabbed his 19th goal for round one of the TSL in the 74th minute, after being manhandled by Real Kakamora’s team captain Richard Raramo in the 73rd minute.

Eels Head Coach Eddie Marahare said he was pleased his side managed to achieve their aim and earn maximum points, saying this is history for the club since joining them from KOSSA FC.

“The points we have now for us is history especially for the past two seasons I’ve been with the club,” he said.

“We finish this round with only one loss and percentage wise its ninety-percent which is a big bonus for the team.

“I’m sure that kind of result gives a very positive impact not only to the management but also for the players.

“It shows what we work on as a team is working out. So hopefully if we continue intensity in training and do some more things, I’m sure players will pick things out.

“I think for round two we will make one or two changes to the squad. At this stage I won’t be naming players but we are looking at changing one or two new players,” Marahare said.

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