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Nawo nails goals

Joses Nawo (right) in action for the Henderson Eels in the OFC Champions League. Photo Credit: OFC Media

It was only a matter of time before Henderson Eels forward Joses Nawo got on the scoresheet in Group B of the OFC Champions League 2020.

After being held scoreless in Henderson’s opening 3-3 draw with Lae City FC on Saturday, Nawo grabbed both of his side’s goals in their 2-2 draw with the Malampa Revivors in Luganville on Tuesday.

Nawo has been a constant threat in front of goal throughout the tournament with his searing pace and silky touches causing problems for defenders.

He played up front on the right in a 4-3-3 formation for Henderson who have played some thrilling football in their opening fixtures.

The 31-year-old has had stops at clubs in the Solomon Islands, Vanuatu and Australia and still has the dream of being a full-time professional.

Playing – and scoring goals – in the OFC Champions League was a great way to put his name out there.

“It’s a big opportunity,” he said.

In Henderson’s opening game, Nawo combined well with exciting youngster Raphael Le’ai; both players are fans of Juventus, and Portuguese international Cristiano Ronaldo.

Nawo made his debut for the Solomon Islands national team in 2011 and has played in two OFC Nations Cup tournaments while accumulating 30 caps.

Nawo’s ability to cause havoc in the attacking third has helped his team score five goals in their first two games and Eels coach Eddie Marahare was excited to have such a dangerous player at his disposal.

“I’m quite pleased with his performance. For the team, he shows his experience and his leadership. He’s one of our key players in this tournament,” Marahare said.

Henderson will be searching for a victory in their final Group B match against Fiji’s Lautoka FC on Friday and Marahare said Nawo would play a pivotal role.

“He’s one of our goal-scorers and we will need his scoring abilities and leadership for the last game on Friday.”

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