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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

More international matches may be played in Honiara: Nicholas

The possibility of more international matches in Honiara is being considered following Saturday’s successful KOSSA-Waitakere United game.

Oceania Football Confederation general secretary Tai Nicholas made the comments while congratulating KOSSA for beating New Zealand’s top club.

Nicholas was in Honiara for the match, the first leg of the confederation’s regional O-league final. He was overwhelmed with the crowd of about 20,000 that packed Lawson Tama.

He acknowledged the huge turnout for the arrival of Waitakere on Thursday and then at the game. “The crowd at the airport is even bigger than that which turned out to watch the New Zealand Football Championship final,” he said.

He said the Saturday’s match was a good one. “Both teams played very well with good display of sportsmanship,” he said before flying back to Auckland. He was especially thrilled with the behaviour of the crowd.

“I was so pleased with the turnout of the crowd and their behaviour at the game,” he said. Because of the huge response from the crowd he said the Oceania will consider Solomon Islands to host more international matches.

“For me personally I would bring more Oceania matches to Honiara because of the huge response,” he said.

Source: Solomon Star

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