Futsal Solympics impresses.
By Taromane Martin
REAL Kakamora futsal team bagged their first win in the 2018 Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) futsal league but it was the national Under-17 side that stole the lime light at the Multipurpose Hall yesterday.
Real Kakamora defeated Koloale 5-2 yesterday via two goals from Michael Oge and a goal each from Chales Mono, Tony Graham and Bradley Saru that cancelled out Shayne Keri two goals for Koloale.
Real Kakamora Head Coach Barnabas Loloito was happy with their first win saying his side has been learning and working really hard for their remaining games in the competition.
“This is our first win and we were really prepared for the game. We’ve learned a lot from our previous two matches came up with a new strategy and format and tried it out today,” Coach Loloito told SunSPORTS yesterday.
“Fitness is still a major concern for us. Endurance we need to really work hard on. For the next two days before our next game that is what we’ll work on.
“Tactically and technically they’re good. But endurance is our problem so we’ll need to work on our fitness.
“By the look of things, if they maintain the style of play I introduced to them, the strategies and they can cope with the new concepts I believe we’ll definitely be a team to watch out for in this competition,” he adds.
“I thought the game today was fifty-fifty. However, we were not settled, we rushed our build up and lacked concentration,” Koloale Head Coach Junior Corey said.
“Our game structure was excellent but it was our recovery in defence that was poor. Overall it was good that we identified our weakness from today’s game so we can work on them for our next match.
Meanwhile the national U-17 futsal side also picked up their third win in the competition `overcoming a determined KOSSA side 6-2 yesterday.
The match was tied 2-2 at the break before three goals from futsal prodigy Raphael Le’ai and an assist to Junior Mana gave Futsal Solympics space to breathe.
KOSSA Head coach Thomas Kalola showed little disappointment with the loss but admits his side lacked fitness compared to the Futsal Solympics.
“Our fitness cost us the game. We were just not fit enough compared to the Solympics side,” he said.
“And it showed in the first half we managed to hold them but fatigue saw our defence crumbled in the second half.
“But these are areas we’ll improve on. Our next game is against Koloale. They are a good side and not to be underestimated,” he adds.