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Shepherds win Wilco Independence Cup opener

Yesterday’s game was just the beginning of a highly expected two weeks long of football excitement for football fans in the build up towards the 33rd anniversary of Independence Day.
The tournament’s first goal was recorded in just 3 minutes into the first half when Shepherds United striker, Albert Abia neatly slots a cro Takaro Wille’s into the back of Spirit 08 goal net.
Generally the Black and Whites enjoyed more than their fair share of ball possessions throughout the game but most of the time their striker would run into difficulties as they get closer to the Spirit 08 goal.
Despite a handful of attempts by Spirit 08 strikers, hardworking defense from the Shepherds United side and a few saves kept a clean sheet for Shepherds United new keeper from Highlands scooped during the NSL tournament.
Shepherds United shifted their lead further with a close ranger from new striker, Richard Ben in the 60 minute into the second half of the game. A minute before the final whistle, Ken Kalo sealed the win for the Black and Whites ending the first game but opening Port Vila League’s next premier challenges.
The win placed Shepherds at the top of the Pool A where they share with current Vanuatu Champions, Tafea, former champions, Amicale, and Ifira Black Birds.
Meanwhile the Second Day of the tournament will be this coming Saturday when newly promoted Premier League club, Yatel FC will face Tupuji Imere at 11am.
The second Day 2 match will be between Amicale FC and Ifira Black Bird at 1:30. At 3pm, the match of the day will see Vanuatu’s newest champion club Tafea FC, will face most improved team of the season Erakor Golden Star.
Vanuafoot has reported PVFA administrator, Bong Shem saying “Football is a sport that unites people together and we want to use football to bring back peace in Port Vila”.
“We thank Wilco Hardware and we hope that young people can come out to the stadium to watch exciting football until the end of this month so they can forget about kava, alcohol, cigarettes and marijuana.”
“Football can be seen to provide a useful way of creating an environment in which people can come together too; work towards the goal of showing respect for others”.
By Thompson Marango

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