Sport: Solomon Islands footballers cry ‘tears of pleasure’ over World Cup reprieve


Members of the Solomon Islands Under 17 guys’s soccer crew cried “tears of pleasure” after they located out their World Cup dream became alive yet again.

An appeal by the Solomon Islands Football Federation against sanctions for fielding an over-age participant in qualifying was upheld by way of Oceania Football ultimate week, paving the way for the crew to attend the Under 17 World Cup in Brazil in September.

Head teach Stanley Waita says the complete crew turned into overcome with excitement when they found out the coolest news before their final in shape at the UEFA International improvement event in Minsk.


“It changed into early inside the morning in Belarus whilst we heard that information and the lads have been all crazy. They went crazy inside the morning and did not realize what to say due to the fact we idea that we had been no longer going to the World Cup but the feelings of all the boys have been they had been emotionally expressing how they experience,” Stanley Waita said.

Some had been in tears of pleasure so that you can feel how those players feel – they were excited and full (of) emotion.”

Solomon Islands finished runners up at the UEFA event: coming from at the back of to beat Moldova in their establishing match and dropping to Belarus and Kazakstan on consequences, after each matches had completed all-square after 90 mins.

Stanley Waita says his gamers held their very own against a number of the pleasant young players in Europe.

“I did no longer assume them to perform that a ways however they display some person, they show a number of energy,” Stanley Waita stated.

“And going to Europe to play inside the match we do not know what the extent or how did the other countries in Europe play. We just go there without understanding anything and we just carry out with our heart.”

However Stanley Waita stated the gamers still have plenty to analyze and want to enhance their field, after finishing their final fit in opposition to Kazakhstan with only 9 gamers at the pitch, after Raphael Lea’i and Philip Ropa had been sent off.

He stated the group become approached by using folks that have been inquisitive about signing some of the Solomon Islands gamers however they suggested them to undergo the suitable channels thru the countrywide federation.