By Taromane Martin
GROUP B runner-ups Solomon Warriors FC yesterday arrived back in the country after qualifying for the quarterfinal of the 2018 Oceania Champions League.
After losing 2-0 to Erakor Golden Stars in their opening match, Warriors fought their way back to finish second in their group with six points – thanks to victories over AS Lossi of New Caledonia and AS Dragons of Tahiti.
Head Coach Moses Toata told SunSPORTS yesterday the secret to their victory was because they had the opportunity to analyze Lossi and Dragons games after their loss.
“After our first loss we went back and had the opportunity to watch AS Dragons and AS Lossi play,” he said.
“That enabled us to identify their weaknesses and the good thing is that we had a convincing win over Lossi which placed us on the right path.
Coach Toata adds with the Telekom Soccer League (TSL) knockout championship set to kick off March 11 his side will switch focus for the domestic competition
“At the moment we will concentrate on the knockout which is also important and we will use it as our build up for the next stage of the Champions League.
“We are yet to confirm who we will play against so I will need to gather the boys back and prepare for the knockout and the next stage that is our immediate priority,” he said.
Solomon Warriors FC arrived 2pm yesterday on board Virgin Airlines.