Warriors ready for TSL champs

Solomon Warriors FC players celebrate one of their goals against KOSSA.
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CHAMPIONS Solomon Warriors are in perfect shape ahead of the Telekom S-League (TSL) championship that will kick off in Honiara tomorrow afternoon.

Warriors head coach Moses Toata told SunSPORTS yesterday they are in good shape since started training three weeks ago.

“The team is in good shape. We have been in training for the last three weeks after the Christmas break. I have all my players here except for Jason Thomas who is still in Vanuatu.”

The TSL championship is a knock out competition and features each team playing a two-match series in each round.

Warriors have been scheduled to take on league standing’s bottom-placed Real Kakamora in the first match set down for 2pm at Lawson Tama tomorrow afternoon.

Given the fact the Warriors finished as the top-placed team in the league standing does not guarantee easy walk-over for Toata and his boys in the two-legged encounter against Real Kakamora.

Toata admitted that the long break changed a lot of things for his team but insists on remaining focus since the TSL championship is a knock-out competition.

On that note, Toata claims that their win in the league competition does not hold any comfort zone for them heading into the immediate challenge facing them in the championship series opener come Saturday afternoon.

“We are in no comfort zone given our victory in the league competition. The championship is a different competition from the league and the break changed a lot of things. The long break may come as good for players’ recovery but sometimes players are too slow to get into the competition mode. I hope that’s not the case. I watched them at training and they are ready for anything,” the former national left winger said.

Toata explained that he is really looking forward to the contest against Real Kakamora and they have prepared for it.

“I’m actually looking forward for Saturday. It’s a knockout game and Real Kakamora can cause upset. It’s possible. But we are prepared for the game.”

Following the 2pm clash between Warriors and Real Kakamora, up next at 4pm is Marist V Guadalcanal.

Matches continue on Sunday with KOSSA FC taking on Western United FC at 2pm followed by Henderson Eels taking on Malaita Kingz FC at 4pm.

Members of the public are urged to come out in numbers to Lawson Tama and cheer for their teams.