Buoyed by their 2-0 win over Solomon Warriors on Sunday, Erakor Golden Star’s coach Obed Jimmy said the Vanuatu club were riding a wave of confidence as they look to back up against the Tahitian champions.
Like the start of all Vanuatu Cricket competitions, the excitement and competitiveness were there and the teams were ready to fight for their first victory.
Vanuatu coach Moise Poida said the approach from their opponents was expected, but it took time for his team to adjust and impose their style.
The umpire’s scholarship assists with the transition of umpires from community level to high performance.
Lambert Maltok, VFF President, expressed his appreciation to Tsuyoshi for his support to Vanuatu football.
Barry Mansale curled a pinpoint free-kick past replacement custodian Jospeh Komu and before the Warriors players had time to take stock, Tony Kaltack had doubled the lead.
Making the step from Qualifier football to Group Stage for the first time in 17 years was a steep learning curve for Tupapa Maraerenga, who now face another uphill challenge against Nalkutan.
After a nervous start, Nalkutan soon got into the swing of things, putting their experienced opponents under pressure with precision passing and a powerful attack.
Following last year’s increase from 12 to 16 teams, the new campaign will see another adjustment to the format with the introduction of quarter-finals.
At a farewell event held at Freshwota Bilingual School on Friday, the Van2017 Pacific Mini Games mascots were officially retired.