The total number of teams that have entered this year’s tournament is 32. Participating in the tournament are teams from government ministries, private companies, multinational corporations, and international development agencies.
FFS CEO Mr. Fred Young commented: “This competition allows all of the participants to have fun playing football as well as network with other companies. We hope all the participating teams enjoy the tournament in a competitive and social spirit.”
One of the major changes for this year’s tournament is not allowing a player that has registered and played in the 2009/2010 national league season to participate. This was done in order to make the tournament a truly social event between the participating companies and teams.
Wednesday saw round five kick-off with the game of the day coming from Pool A where two undefeated teams, National Pacific Insurance and SamoaTel, going head to head. SamoaTel knew before the game that a win would secure top spot for them in Pool A for the week.
SamoaTel got off to a great start with Laauli Hansel scoring first goal after only a few minutes. NPI hit back with a great long-range effort by Sini Tevaga, which surprisingly made its way into the back of the net. Both teams continued to create chances in the first half, but the score stayed 1-1 at halftime. In the second half just when it looked like both teams would draw the match, Laauli again produced a great attempt, which found its way into the NPI goal. When the full time whistle sounded SamoaTel could start celebrating a hard fought win.
Other results from Pool A saw Westpac Bank easily defeat BOC Gasses 6-1. Last year’s business house runners up NUS Staff Soccer team had to work hard to win 3-1 against A and E Strikers. Ministry of Women Community and Social Development won by default against Development Bank of Samoa. In Pool B, SBS/Ace and ASCO Motors played out a 2-2 draw.