By Taromane Martin
VANIA Futsal Club are out to prove that Polynesians in the Solomon Islands can also be great soccer and futsal players for the country.
Head Coach Paul Muia told SunSPORTS on Tuesday that his team which comprised mostly of Sikaiana players from Malaita Outer Islands are taking part in the SIPA National Futsal Premiership to prepare and prove the point.
“This is a good competition especially for my players who are all from Sikaiana,” Muia said
“For us competing at this league is like part of our preparations. We strongly believe that Polynesians also have some great players in futsal and football.
“That is what we believe in and therefore want to show that yes Polynesians in Solomon Islands also have a lot of excellent football and futsal players.
“Tahiti is a classic example moving from an underdog to one of the football powerhouses in football, futsal and beach soccer in Oceania,” he said.
The coach said he was pleased with his boy’s performance during their 3-1 loss to Koloale on Tuesday stressing Vania FC is here to challenge.
“Despite losing our first game to Koloale it was a good game for us because the boys showed a lot of confidence even though most is their first time to play at such competition.
“I’m pleased with the way we managed to hold Koloale in that game because they are an experienced team with the likes of Lenson Bisili and Eddie.
“We still have ten games left to play so my encouragement to the boys was despite not the best team in this competition we must always make it hard for the other teams to win.
“If we can win any of our games it’s a bonus for us if not then we’ll make sure it is not an easy walk over win for them though still new to the game” he adds.
Meanwhile matches for the SIPA futsal Premiership will continue today at the Multipurpose Hall with three matches.
First match for today sees Marist FC taking on Mataks FC at 3pm followed by Guntimac FC taking on Henderson Eels FC at 4pm and then the final match between Vania FC and G-Camp FC at 5pm.
All teams are asked to be on time for their respective matches today.