23 Mar 2013

Sport: Solomon Islands to rely on youth against Tahiti

7:32 am on 23 March 2013

Solomon Islands football captain Henry Fa'arodo is hoping that youthful enthusiasm can cover the loss of some key players in tonight's Oceania World Cup qualifying match against Tahiti.

With both teams out of the running to top the group, the Solomon's have sent an under-strength team to Papeete, with Fa'arodo and striker Benjamin Totori the only household names.

Fa'arodo will also handle the coaching duties tonight, with regular boss Jacob Moli remaining in Honiara, and says it will be an interesting test for the new faces in the squad.

"I know how they feel right now sort of thing and it's just that I hope that it doesn't affect them in a negative way. I just hope that being called up will give them that extra eagerness and hopefully they soak it in before and seize the moment when they get on the pitch and they're not too nervous and stuff."

Henry Fa'arodo.