RENBEL IBIS football team has created another piece of history, this time finishing third in the Solbrew Solomon Cup tournament which concluded over the weekend.
Renbel province is well known for rugby sport and not so much for football.
For years, Renbel football teams have tried to reach the top four of the Solomon Cup tournaments and to finish in the top three spots.
This year they broke the spell and created history for themselves by reaching the semi finals and finishing third.
They displayed their potential of competing against other provinces when they defeated defending champions Western Tomoko.
“Making it to the final is another history for us; we are very excited about it.
“After the third and fourth playoff our boys shed tears of joy, knowing that we have created history and a new benchmark in football for our province.
“I want to thank the players who played a very important role in this history, they played well all throughout the tournament and most importantly they played according to the game plans we had,” Coach William Tino said.
Coach Tino hopes the results speaks of itself and an eye opener for leaders from Renbel province to throw support for football development.
“We have faced a lot of challenges prior and during the tournament, this is in terms of support towards the team, though there has been support from the Renbel Football Association
“One example was that we only had two soccer balls for our preparations, but we put all that behind and focused on our campaign.
“I hope our campaign in the 2022 Solomon Cup tournament is an eye opener for our provincial leaders to support football
“Renbel can compete, we have just proven that.
“Lastly we want to thank our supporters, they did play an important part in our campaign,” Coach William Tino added.
Renbel received the bronze medal and SDB$20, 000 for finishing third in the 2022 Solbrew Solomon Cup tournament.
They defeated Guadalcanal Hornets 3-2 in the third and fourth playoff.
By CARLOS ARUAFU
Solomon Star, Honiara