THIS is a crucial day for the national under-17 soccer squad.
The boys will play New Caledonia today in the first semi-final of the OFC World Cup qualifier in Tahiti.
A win will secure them a grand spot either against New Zealand or Papua New Guinea.
Prior to their departure, the boys and their coach made a pledge to create history by being the first national soccer squad to reach the World Cup.
This is a huge undertaking coach Marlon Houkarawa and his boys are not taking lightly.
In their quest, they drew 1-1 with Fiji, went down1-2 to New Zealand, and thrashed Samoa 12-0.
The result was a semi-final spot.
Houkarawa, a former national rep, was optimistic.
He said the boys are capable of beating New Caledonia and securing a grand-final spot.
Winner of the qualifier will represent Oceania in this year’s Under-17 World Cup in India.
Houkawara had told Star Sports that the boys are focusing on their semi-final game and are looking forward to giving their best.
A victory for our national under-17 is crucial for bringing back the credibility of soccer in the country.
Our senior national squad has not been doing well at the regional front over the past years.
Their poor showing has put a huge question mark over the future of soccer in the country.
A lot of fans have also started to lose interest in the national sport.
The national under-17 squad have pledged to restore the status soccer once enjoyed in the country.
This is their opportunity.
And their dream is to play on the world stage.
So let’s stand with the boys in prayer and moral support as they take on New Caledonia this afternoon.
This is not a crucial match only for the boys, but also for the whole country.
A win will bring back our pride in the game we all loved.
Go, Solo, go!