Speaking during a brief press conference upon arrival yesterday, Team manager Donald Wanemut said whilst the team is here to help Warriors prepare for the O’league, they too have the same objective.
“On the other hand our friendly matches here are also for our preparations for our National Soccer League (NSL) back home.
“But we are also here as warriors and I know these matches will be very entertaining,” he said.
Led by team captain, Brian Kaltack, two other Kaltack brothers and custodian Ernest Bong, the Erakor team sure has the players who can make results go their way.
Looking at a brief history, Erakor fell apart in 1990, folding shortly after relinquishing the championship title to Tafea, who laid claim to the title for the following decade.
The club re-emerged into the limelight in 2011 with a new generation of players helping the side progress through the lower divisions before eventually earning their place in the premier league.
The emerging talents who helped guide the side to glory include the Kaltak siblings, Brian, Jean and Tony, who are joined by the Roqara siblings, Nemani and Abraham.
Most of the players are very young but have had some experience in football.
The youngsters were all part of the first intake of the Vanuatu Football Academy, a FIFA-funded Goal Project.
The team arrived yesterday evening to a warm welcome by Solomon Warriors fans and supporters at the Henderson Airport.
Meanwhile Warriors welcomed the pledge saying they too are prepared to give the visitors a good match.
Warriors Team Manager, Dr Kenton Sade called on all football supporters to come and throw support as the two teams battle each other for the three friendly matches lined up for the week.
The match today will kick off at 4:30pm.
The two other matches are scheduled for Wednesday and Friday.
By Carlos Aruafu
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