• Alasdair Howorth

Football resumes in Solomon Islands as Solomon Warriors face Real Kakamora

Kick Off: Sat 23 January 2021, 05:00 AM GMT

Venue: Lawson Tama Stadium, Honiara City, Solomon Islands

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The Telekom S-League plays its first round of fixtures after the festive break with the Warriors looking to strengthen their second place position behind league leaders Henderson Eels.

Photo by Taromane Martin for TSL Media

After delays due to the leasing of the national stadium in Honiara the S-League restart was pushed back by two weeks from its original restart date. Like many leagues in Europe and Asia, the TSL takes an extended break half way through the season every year. However, unlike their northern hemisphere counterparts this is not a 'winter break'. Rather it is an opportunity for players and staff to return to their homes, which often are not on the main island of Guadalcanal.


Prior to the Christmas and New Years break the sides were involved in the Solomon Cup, the national cup competition of the Solomon Islands. Due to the provincial nature of the archipelagic nation, logistically it is easier to run the national cup competition all together in a month rather than across the season like most other nations. This runs particularly true as S-League and Solomon Cup fixtures are all played at the Lawson Tama Stadium. With the extended break and the Cup being played since the end of the first half of the S-League season, neither side has played a league game in two months.


Prior to the break, the Warriors had been in good form, winning three matches on the bounce which propelled them to second in the league. With a game in hand to Central Coast, who are level with them on points, the Warriors will be hopeful of holding onto their second place spot. Despite their strong league position, the Warriors will be disappointed with their performance this season.


The Warriors have won the last three S-League titles and have been the most successful side in the Solomon Islands over the last decade. The last two seasons they have narrowly edged the title over rivals Henderson Eels, but this season the Eels have taken the league by storm. They have won 11 of their 13 matches (drawing one and losing one) and have a nine point lead over the Warriors.


With a game in hand for the Warriors and the sides meeting next week, they will be looking to close that gap, but it will take a big turn around for the champions to retain their title for the third time. However, they are level on points with Central Coast and just a point ahead of Laugu United and so securing second place will be the priority as it is the other place that qualifies for the Oceania Football Confederation Champions League.


For Real Kakamora, the 2021 season has been a real success so far as they find themselves in eighth place, 14 points clear of 11th place Malaita Kingz in last. Kakamora came bottom of the league last season, mustering just the one draw all season, losing every other match with a goal difference of -86. They have come in the bottom two every season since 2016. If they maintained their place this season it would be there best ever season in terms of points and relative position (they did come 7th in 2016, but in a 9 team season). The side from Makira-Ulawa Province will go into this match as the definite underdogs, but will be hopeful of causing an upset against the champions.


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I was unable to find any links to social media handles or websites for either side. For information on the league and clubs, follow Solomon Islands Football Federation and TSL Media on Facebook.

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