Solomon Islands Triumphs in Thrilling Semi-Final, Securing Final Spot with a 2-0 Victory over Fiji
Over 15,000 fans gathered at Lawson Tama to watch the semi-final between Fiji and the Solomon Islands. The home team earned a spot in the final beating Fiji two goals to nil. The final showdown is happening this Saturday against New Caledonia in Honiara. Football is considered Solomon Islands national sport, and fans are eagerly awaiting the showdown on their home turf.
Looking back, the Solomon Islands have won only twice against New Caledonia in the Pacific Games over the past 60 years. The first win was in 1979 with a 3-1 score, and their last win was in 1995 with a 1-0 victory. Their last Pacific Games encounter in 2011 ended in a 2-0 win for New Caledonia. However, they faced off again in this year’s Prime Minister’s MSG Cup in October, and the Solomon Islands won 1-0.
As anticipation grows, a recent poll by Tavuli News on Facebook shows strong support for the Solomon Islands. Almost 80 percent of respondents are cheering for the host nation to win the Gold Medal in the Football competition against New Caledonia this Saturday.