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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Solomon soccer duo happy to be in PNG with Hekari FC

While many sporting Papua New Guineans will be celebrating 33 year’s of independence today, two Solomon Islands soccer players are proud of the country’s achievement.

Solomom Islands top goalkeeper Fred Hale and Under-23 striker Joachim Waroi have been brought into the country by Hekari Souths United FC to beef up their O-League campaign.

This is their first time here in PNG and both are happy to be here especially today as PNG celebrates its independence.

Waroi said: “I like PNG and I have settle in well and to be part of the independence celebrations is great.

“Solomon Islands and PNG are no different that’s why I have slotted in easily with the team.”

He said PNG was a great country and he hoped to achieve the best in his career while here in PNG and especially with Hekari.

“My aim is to help Hekari win the O-League,” he said.

The two were to celebrate the country’s independence with Hekari by playing an international friendly against visiting Solomon Islands Bonitos tomorrow. However the Bonitos pulled out of the tour last Friday leaving their preparation in tatters.

Despite that Hale said: “It’s good to be here and be part of PNG soccer.

“There is not much difference in PNG and Solomon soccer except that the pitches need to be leveled properly.

“Otherwise I am happy to be here and congratulations to PNG for its 33 years of Independence.”

Soccer has been the backbone of Solomon Islands and the locals take pride in its success in Oceania and the World. Now PNG is looking to Solomon Islands especially Hekari to bring the best out of PNG soccer.

Hale said: “We hope to bring the best to our club and to PNG as a whole. We love the opportunity and happy to be part of this country.”

Source: Post Courier

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