‘We must believe’ Vega-Arango tells Bonito players


The Solomon Islands national squad in Auckland. Picture: Alex Waimora

Solomon Islands national football team coach has urged his players believe in their ability ahead to the Bonito’s crucial World Cup qualifier in Auckland on Friday night.

The team are currently concluding their training before their first match against the New Zealand national football side, the All Whites.

Speaking to an SIBC stringer in New Zealand, Team head coach Felipe Vega-Arango said he was focused on getting the boys mentally focused and to ignore the difference between a professional side like New Zealand to an amateur side like themselves.

“We are playing a very professional side, the All Whites,” Mr. Vega-Arango said. “We will take things step by step and must believe in our potential as players.”

 The team continued its training on Tuesday night with a very positive outing.

The cold weather was the talk of many supporters back at home but to the team, it was just simply about going out there and getting the job done.

 Experienced defender Nelson Sale said he believed in his team.

 “I believe in coach Felipe,” he said. “As one of the senior member squad, I am truly happy to be part of this team and I am definitely going to do my best.” 

 Henry Fa’arodo Jnr is expected to captain the team in the big match. The team will be without Micah at the moment due to visa delay is still optimistic and determined to do well.”

New Zealand’s North Harbour stadium is expected to host a very good turnout of both New Zealand and Solomon Islands supporters.


SIBC will be updating its listeners with live updates and commentary from our man in Auckland from 6pm Solomon time. 

By Alex Waimora

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