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Solomons eye top spot

Zanzeer Singh
Tuesday, May 20, 2014

THE Commins Menapi-coached Solomon Islands team is eying the top spot in the Oceania Football Confederation under-20 Championship which starts in Suva on Friday.

The side has roped in players who featured in the nation's top Telekom S-League competition.

The Solomon Islands will start its campaign against Papua New Guinea.

Menapi said the first game was always tough.

He said they had been preparing for the last three months.

"We have a very good team and most of the players are representing the clubs in the top league back home," the prolific striker said.

"Many of the players who were part of the last U17 training squad are part of this team.

"All the six nations are looking forward to this tournament and have equal chances of winning.

"It is important to win the games and the boys know that. They have been together for three months."

Menapi is no stranger to the country having represented Navua and Nadi in local tournaments before.

The 36-year-old boasts 34 goals in 37 appearances for the Solomon Islands.

He took up coaching last year guiding Western United FC to third spot in the Telekon S League.

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