BY ROMULUS HUTA
NATIONAL soccer head coach Moses Toata has called in New Zealand-based attacking midfielder Micah Lea’alafa as the latest inclusion into his 20-man squad for the international friendly against Macau this month.
The friendly will be played away from home on August 28 at the Estádio Campo Desportivo in Macau.
Toata released 19 names of his squad last Friday.
Speaking to SunSPORTS over the weekend, Toata confirms that Lea’alafa is the latest inclusion making up the 20-man team.
“Micah is the latest inclusion. He will join us before we depart for Macau,” Toata said.
Lea’alafa, a member of Auckland City in the New Zealand top league, the ISPS Handa Premiership, is currently playing for Auckland-based club Manuaku AFC in the winter season.
The addition of the sneaky midfielder will help boost Toata’s line-up as Solomon Islands look to record a win against an Asian side in as many years since holding Taiwan to a 2-all draw at Lawson Tama two decades ago in 1998.
The international friendly will also see four new faces making their debut. They are David Tome, Patrick Taroga, Alvin Hou and Atana Fa’arodo Junior.
Solomon Islands last played an international match during last year’s Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila against the hosts Vanuatu.
Meet the members of the 20-man Solomon Islands Squad:
Philip Mango and Desmond Tutu
Bonnie Pride, Haddis Aengari, Robert Laua, Emmanuel Poila, Allen Pita, John Aeta(U19) and Richard Hiromana
Timothy Bakale, Judd Molea, Atkin Kaua, Patrick Taroga(U19), Micah Lea’alafa
Jerry Donga, Alvin Hou, Joses Nawo, David Tome, Atana Faarodo Junior and Benjamin Totori