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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Two Toabaita Players signed by Sobou Football Club

Two To'abaita soccer players have been the latest inclusions in the Sobou Football Club for the Oceania Football Confederation Club Championships in Auckland, starting next wednesday.

The two players that were signed by Sobou are former senior national midfielder, Joel Konofilia and another prominent player, Ishmael Alulu. Both players were expected to leave Honiara yesterday for Port Moresby to join the Sobou FC before flying off to Auckland to participate in the tournament which starts next week.

Mr Joel Konofilia and Ishmael Alulu are regular faces in the local christmas tournaments in North Malaita, and they are also active players in the league competitions in Honiara. Joel Konofilia is part Renbel and To'abaita while Ishmael is pure To'abaitan. During North Malaita tournaments, Ishmael Alulu is a regular player and captain for Malokwas Soccer Club from the Loina area, and Joel Konofilia usually features for Columbia or Malu'u Soccer Clubs in the Malu'u region.

Sobou Football Club is believed to be managed by the Vice Chancellor of UNITECH Lae, Papua New Guinea. It has since utilised the services and skills of several Solomon Islands' students studying at UNITECH over the past few years making it one of the known soccer champions in Papua New Guinea. Sobou FC has represented PNG in the last three consecutive club Chamionships in Port Moresby, Pape'ete, and the up-coming tournament in New Zealand.

The two players have been part of the Sobou team that participated in the Club Championships in Port Moresby in early 2001, whilst they were still students at UNITECH Lae. They have both graduated with degrees in specialised fields. It is also known that other Solomon Islands' students at UNITECH Lae will be part of the Sobou team that will travel to New Zealand later this week.

Other Solomon Islanders will also feature for Manawatu Football Club which came as a runner up from the New Zealand league. Meanwhile Marist FC is the official representative of Solomon Islands in the championshionships, and we wish all our elite soccer talents good luck in the games and hope they display good sportsmanship.

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