TSL starts this weekend

Malaita Kingz FC banking on youths

By Taromane Martin

THE new season of the Telekom Soccer League (TSL) will return this Saturday at the Lawson Tama Stadium if everything goes to plan.

TSL Treasure Mr Henry Kapu last month had told the media at a press conference that the new season will kick off on July 21.

Mr Kapu said teams have until July 15, which is yesterday, to register their players before the competition kicks off.

Meanwhile, Malaita Kingz FC for the new season of the TSL says they will be banking on their youngsters to lead the team this season.

Head Coach Rence Talo told SunSPORTS yesterday that he will be sticking to his young squad that reached the TSL top eight knockout championship semi-finals back in March and will look to add a couple of overseas flares in the team for the new season.

“We’re looking for a couple of imports to boost the squad this season but that is still to be confirmed,” Coach Talo said.

“For the meantime I will be sticking with my young squad that played in the TSL top eight championship knockout.

“Apart from the imports Malaita Kingz for this season will be sticking with the bunch of local players who are in the squad because we have a lot of youths joining the club so we’ll be focusing on developing them because they are the club’s future,” he said.

Talo said they are yet to kick off their training sessions properly due to the disturbance from the recent Melanesian Art Festival, which engulfed Honiara, but hopes to resume them this week.

“We’re yet to kick off our training sessions due to the major disturbance from the Melanesian Art Festival.

“Lucky for the boys we’ve been the HFA league has helped them keep in shape which is really helpful towards our preparations.

“But now that the festival is finally over we’ll likely resume our trainings this week in preparation for the new TSL season,” he adds.

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