BY ROMULUS HUTA
THE under-16 pre-season soccer tournament kicked off in Honiara on Saturday with the first five matches at the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Academy pitch.
The youth tournament is a pre-season competition organised by SIFF as part of the vital requirement of the recent OFC Senior C-License Coaching Course which was held in Honiara for participating coaches.
The pre-season competition is part of the big plans leading up to next year’s season proper of the under-16 league.
Coordinated by Fujiyama Shumpei and Stanley Waita, a total of 12 teams are currently participating and they were drawn into two pools of six teams each.
Teams registered to compete include Laugu (two teams), Marist (two teams), Solomon Sheet Steel (two teams), Rio Fire FC, Urban BC Lions, Solomon Warriors, Kukum Bullets, KOSSA FC and Malaita Kingz.
According to the draws, in Pool A are Laugu United B, Marist Fire, Solomon Sheet Steel B, Rio Fire FC, Urban BC Lions and Solomon Warriors FC.
Pool B consist of Laugu United A, Marist Belama, Solomon Steel A, Kukum Bullets, KOSSA FC and Malaita Kingz.
The first matches were held last Saturday and draws some exciting results.
Marist Fire opened the round of actions in Pool A against Laugu United B with a 2-1 win and followed by Urban BC Lions FC thumping Rio Fire FC with an 8-0 convincing victory.
The opening matches in Pool B saw Marist Belama took out Laugu United A with a 2-0 win, KOSSA FC edged out Kukum Bullets 3-1 and Malaita Kingz got the better of Solomon Steel B with a 4-1 result.
The third Pool A match between Solomon Warriors and Solomon Steel B will take place at 4pm today, SIFF Academy.
See tables and fixtures below
Under-16 pre-season tournament standing as at Saturday November 24
|Urban BC Lions FC||1||1||0||0||8||0||8||3|
|Solomon Steel B||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Laugu United B||1||0||0||1||1||2||-1||0|
|Rio Fire FC||1||0||0||1||0||8||-8||0|
|Laugu United A||1||0||0||1||0||2||-2||0|
|Solomon Steel A||1||0||0||1||1||4||-3||0|
Wednesday 28th November
4pm Solomon Warriors V Solomon Steel B, SIFF Academy
Saturday 1st December
10am Marist Fire V Urban BC Lions, SIFF Academy
11.20am Solomon Steel B V Rio Fire, SIFF Academy
12.40pm Marist Belama V KOSSA, SIFF Academy
2pm Solomon Steel A V Kukum Bullets, SIFF Academy
3.20pm Malaita Kingz V Laugu United A, SIFF Academy
WITH PIX OF Marist Belama FC