With the Solomon Islands women’s football team making history with a best ever third-place finish at the OFC Women’s Nations Cup 2022 the start of the nation’s domestic men’s league last month might have slipped some people by.
The Telekom S-League kicked off for 2022/23 on July 16 and the action has been unpredictable and exciting throughout the opening four rounds of the competition.
Solomon Warriors are currently top of the league, looking to go one better than last season’s second-place finish, level on nine points with three other teams, Waneagu FC, Kossa FC and Laugu United FC.
Henderson Eels are currently fifth, after a rip-roaring start to the season which saw them win 7-1 on the opening day, young sensation Raphael Lea’i scoring five goals in one game.
The 18-year-old is currently the joint-top scorer in the league with seven goals, but he is now in Turkey looking to earn a contract with Süper Lig
Kossa’s Gagame Feni, who also has seven goals, is therefore in the driving seat for the Golden Boot at this early stage.
Real Kakamora FC surprised reigning champions Central Coast in what was their final game before heading to New Zealand to participate in the OFC Champions League 2022. Real Kakamora are currently in sixth, with Marist FC and Honiara City FC separating them from Central Coast in ninth.
The current bottom three have work to do to avoid a dogfight at the basement of the table. Southern United FC have at least won a game in tenth but FC Isabel United and Kula FC are winless, with bottom side Kula still looking to pick up their first points of the season.
In the most recent round of fixtures, Solomon Warriors cemented their claim as title contenders with a 9-0 win over Real Kakamora, while Kossa and Waneagu won tight games against Marist and Isabel United respectively. Honiara City won for the first time this season, 4-0 over Kula with Laugu United missing out as they were due to face Central Coast.
The action from the S-League is available on FIFA+ this season meaning viewers from around the world can take in the action from Lawson Tama Stadium on a weekly basis. Based on the exciting start to the season, fans will not want to miss out.