The Solomon Islands national U17 men’s football team will take on the New Zealand U17 team today for their second group B match of the Oceania U17 Championship.
The match will kick off at 1pm (Solomon Time) at the Stade Pater, in Tahiti.
This is a very crucial match for the U17 team which could determine their fate for the next stage of the competition.
A win is the ultimate aim for the U17 team even though they know it will not come easy against New Zealand.
New Zealand are five-time consecutive champions and the only current OFC Member Association to have won the OFC U-17 Championship.
They are the hot favourites for the 2017 edition.
Despite that Coach Marlon Houkarawa is confident that his side could cause an upset with the right game plan against the Kiwis.
“We’ll analyse the New Zealand team and work on our attacking strategies and defending strategies and come back with something for New Zealand.
Houkarawa’s confidence stems from experience against the New Zealand style of play that assistant coach Jerry Allen has picked up during his time as coach of Hekari United in the OFC Champions League.
“I definitely think Jerry will give an advantage. He’s coached a lot of Champions League games against New Zealand sides and will be an asset for the team,” he said.
“His experience against New Zealand teams is what we will bank on,” he told OFC media.
By CARLOS ARUAFU