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Monday, March 19, 2007

Solomon's place in the O'League at stake after Marist was tamed by Tahitian champs

Solomon Islands place in the O'league Club competition maybe at stake following Marist FC's downfall to Tahitian champions AS Temanava at the weekend.

Joe Luwi cancelled out AS Temanava's opening goal in the 28th minute of play but a second half goal from Maheanu Arapani in the 58th minute separated the two teams. AS Temanava beat Marist 2-1.

Speaking on the result, SIFF General Secretary Eddie Ngava says Marist needs to pick up a point in its final fixture match on Thursday at Lawson to save Solomon Islands' place in the O'League competition.

New Caledonia's Mont Dore and Marist are at the bottom of their respective pools but the Solomon Islands champion club is in a better position to secure the fifth spot.

Ngava says Tahiti has a semi professional league which saw football clubs like AS Temanava very competitive. However, he took some solace that despite of the loss, Marist was able to score against AS Temanava in that match.

Meanwhile, soccer fans and supporters in Honiara are being urged to come out in numbers this Thursday to cheer Marist on. The match expects to showcase different styles of football as Tahiti with strong French influence adopts their European style of football.

Source: SIFF

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