11 Oct 2012

Sport: Losing not an option for Solomons Bonitos

11:36 am on 11 October 2012

Losing is not an option for Solomon Islands football coach Jacob Moli in Friday's Oceania World Cup qualifier against New Caledonia in Honiara.

The Bonitos are equal second in the group standings following a win over Tahiti and defeat to New Zealand.

A win would draw them level with the All Whites and Jacob Moli says everything is riding on a good performance.

"We can't afford to make any slip-ups at home. We'll just have to give our best shot tomorrow at Lawson Tama to come out with a positive result. The most important thing for tomorrow's game is we have to keep the ball more and make the right decisions in the right place at the right time, especially up in front of goals."

Meanwhile the All Whites fly out to Tahiti on Thursday ahead of Saturday's clash in Papeete, but they'll do so without Premier League defenders Ryan Nelsen and Winston Reid, who've been held back in England.