Toata relies on speed, rates young Hou

Solomon Warriors wing forward player and new signing Alwin Hou attempts to drive upfield as he is being tightly marked by the Marist player in yesterday's match of the Telekom S-League at Lawson Tama. Warriors won 2-0. PICTURE: ROMULUS HUTA
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NATIONAL soccer caretaker coach Moses Toata will rely on their speed as they head into tonight’s international friendly encounter against Fiji at ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Speaking to SunSPORTS from Suva yesterday, Toata said they know what to expect from Fiji given the size of their players and insists on employing a fast attacking game which will be one of their key strengths.

“Fiji is more prepared than us and will be tough given but we hope to give them a good contest.

“We must use our strength which is speed and try to get the ball into the last third more often. If we can do that more often, we can score and win.”

The match against Fiji will be the second one during this FIFA International window since last week’s 4-1 thrashing of Asian side Macau.

Toata had made three inclusions added onto his 15- man team which played against Macau.

The new additions comprised Fiji-based duo Mathias Iani and Jeffrey Bule, along with New Zealand-based Micah Lea’alafa.

The trio has joined the rest of the squad members in Fiji.

Toata also rated youngster Alwin Hou as one of his key members in the tour.

Hou, a member of the national futsal side, Kurukuru, made his senior debut appearance in the match against Macau and put up an impressive performance and to further extent, he also added his name onto the scoresheet.

The match against Fiji will be the second appearance on his card.

“Alwin is ready for tomorrow (today).

“Against bigger opponents he must try to avoid contact, use his speed for counter attacks and that goes to everyone as well. Alwin since his inception into the team has done well and has proven himself in the Macau trip and must try to keep improving,” Toata stated.

Meanwhile, a few changes are expected to be made by Toata in tonight’s line-up given with the inclusion of Lea’alafa.

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