“It not the end”: Fa’arodo

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Solomon Islands U-19 players bow their heads in sorrow after their 3-1 loss to Tahiti on Thursday. Photo OFC.
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U-19 squad out of World Cup dream

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Solomon Islands U-19 players bow their heads in sorrow after their 3-1 loss to Tahiti on Thursday. Photo OFC.

FORMER Solomon Islands national men’s soccer team captain Henry Fa’arodo Junior has sent words of encouragement to the national Under 19 players.

The national U-19 men’s soccer team were eliminated in the semi-final of the 2018 OFC U-19 Championship after losing 3-1 to host nations Tahiti at the Stade Pater yesterday.

“To my fellow countrymen – U19s Solomon Team. It’s another one that got away. I know how you feel, getting so close yet falling short. I guess out of every situation, there is always a lesson to be learnt,” Fa’arodo said.

“I hope you all learn something out of this experience and situation. May this experience give you a clear picture of who you are and what you really want to become as a footballer and as a person.

“Today it shows that the team who competed, the team that put in the effort eventually won the game. Apart from the loss, and the heartbreak, it’s not the end of it all.

“Its situations like this that can bring the best out of any one man that is if he uses this situation to motivate him to be a better player, a better person.

“In every situation, there is a lesson to be taken from. Whether it be in your group, in your team, or personally – there is a lesson.

“And it’s from these lessons that will make you become a better person, who the group, the team and you yourself can benefit from.

“Boys, you get to live through another day. Do not forget “you live, you learn”.

“I’m still proud of you all. From the coaching staff and management, to the playing staff. You still have my support. Go Solo Go,” the former Solomon’s international said.

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