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Time to look to the future

However, 3rd place in the OFC U-20 Championship is nothing to sneeze at and if Vanuatu wins it will be their best tournament result.
Solomon Islands needing a penalty shoot-out to finally get past Vanuatu after the scores were tied at 2-2 on the 90-minute mark and 3-3 following extra time and Fiji lost heavily to New Zealand 5-0.
Vanuatu defense has been up and down in the tournament and play so well, especially defending the counter-attack but gave away three clear goals to Solomon strikers and they will have to shore up their defense against Fiji on Friday.
But Vanuatu coach Moise Poida has run out of words after the game and was hit hard by the manner of the loss and feels his side have only themselves to blame for the defensive slip-ups that cost them the match.
“I don’t know what to say.”Our boys have worked really hard and scored three beautiful goals and they gave away three easy goals to Solomon Islands and thats really hurt.”
“I felt we dominated the game and I think we are a stronger team than the Solomons,” he says.
“Physically, they are bigger but even though we are small I think we are just as good. We played well but missed a lot of opportunities and gave away three goals. We got punished by our own mistakes. “I think we should have been in the final but we gifted that to the Solomon Islands.”said Moise Poida Vanuatu head coach.
Fans back at home in Vanuatu watched the semi final match live on Television Blong Vanuatu said they can’t believe that Vanuatu played so well and gave away three goals to their wantoks.
Morrison Kalo who works for Air Vanuatu says, ” It’s really painful to see the boys play really good football and lost on penalties against Solomon.” They should have been strong in defense and avoid all this silly mistakes.”
Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Cooperation (VBTC) gneneral manager Fred Vurobaravu said,” We watched the match live on TV and very sorry to see that the boys have given away their win to Solomon Isloands.”
“But we are happy to see a quality football displayed by our young stars even they lost their semi final match.”
“Iam sure that fans in Vanuatu watched their boys for the first time on Television Blong Vanuatu and vey proud of their performance.”
” Heads up boys and congratulations for a good game and we must look forward for a bright future with positive work and it’s time for a new outlook and a fresh start.” concluded Fred Vurobaravu.

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