By Taromane Martin
SOLOMON Warriors FC Head Coach Moses Toata says his players will need to learn how to condition themselves if they are to perform at this month’s OFC Champions League competition.
Warriors met fellow OFC Champions League qualifiers Marist FC defeating them 2-1 in a friendly match yesterday at the Lawson Tama Stadium.
Coach Toata said it was good for both teams to play friendly matches as they prepared to represent the country at the regional competition.
“Good friendly match. I want to thank Marist for giving us a good game. In fact it we both needed the friendly match in our preparation towards the OFC Champions League,” he said.
“To be honest this is our first game together as a team after a long break. Not bad however a lot of things were exposed today which we need to work on.
“Basic things, passing and combination play which is yet to come yet but I hope we will have a little bit more time to work on these areas.
“Both team need competitions in order to get us to the level we are preparing for. However there were not too many big concerns from the game.
“It gave us a practice run now that they postponed the knockout (TSL),” he said.
He adds the recovery and conditioning of his players will be a concern for his side with the schedule ahead, but says they have a plan in place to help his players cope with the tight schedule.
“Recovery is enough. I’ll try as much as possible to condition the players in order for us to perform. We go for one week and have three games in that week which for me is a bit too much.
“Most likely I will use the same boys come Sunday so they can get use to the time frame recovery, which is part of the conditioning process.
“Tomorrow (today) we’ll go back to training because I want the players to learn how to condition themselves within that short period of time.
“We only have a week left, including Sundays’ game. The good thing is we have games so that we can have a feel of what is expected, although the level there will be a bit different,” Toata said.
Solomon Warriors FC will head to Papeete, Tahiti for their Group B matches which starts February 11.
Warriors will play Erakor Golden Star FC in their first match on February 12 followed by AS Lossi FC on February 13 before taking on AS Dragon in their final match on February 15.