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Charity match for victims

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Solomon Warriors players undergoing intensive training at SIFF Academy yesterday.
O-League rep Solomon Warriors and the national soccer squad are proposing for a charity match next weekend.

The charity match is to raise fund for the tsunami victims in Temotu province.

The province was battered by a tsunami triggered by a 8.0 magnitude earthquake two weeks ago which claimed more than 10 lives.

Team manager of Solomon Warriors Dr Kenton Sade said arrangement is currently underway between Solomon Warriors and Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) to organize the charity match.

He said since both teams included players from Temotu province it is important they show their support for the victims through sport.

He said they sympathised with the victims and want to dedicate a match for them by raising money to assist the victims in rebuilding their lives.

He therefore calls on call soccer supporters to come out in numbers at Lawson Tama stadium to watch this match.

The team manager said they are yet to decide on the day but they will confirm it by next week after consultation with SIFF.

Apart from the charity match a curtain raiser match between National Development Sharks and RAMSI will be featured before the main match between Solomon Warriors and the Bonitos.

Dr Kenton said the charity match will also be a good opportunity for both teams in their preparation for their national duties.

For Warriors it will be a good preparation for them as their opening match for the O-League is on 30 March against Amicale FC of Vanuatu.

For the Bonito side they have two matches for the World Cup qualifying on 22 March and 26.

Solomon Warriors since the beginning of the year has been putting a lot of effort in their preparations.

Early this year they brought in Erakor FC from Vanuatu for three friendly matches.

To add on strength to their team (Warriors) two Vanuatu players Brian Kaltack and Nemani Roqora were recruited.

In the coming weeks Solomon Warriors is expecting the arrival of their goal keeper from England, coach from New Zealand and two Solomon Islands international players Benjamin Totori and Junior Fa’arodo.


By Charles Kadamana