Words: ACFC Media
Wednesday 13 March 2019
AUCKLAND, New Zealand - Auckland City FC coach Ramon Tribulietx has paid tribute to the people of the Solomon Islands following the Navy Blues success in reaching the OFC Champions League quarter-finals.
The Navy Blues defeated AS Magenta (2-1), Tupapa Maraerenga (15-0) and the Solomon Warriors to book passage safely into the last eight but while Tribulietx was obviously pleased with results he said the host country left an indelible impression on him and his squad.
The players and staff visited the National Referral Hospital and Honiara High School in what proved to be poignant moments in a tough schedule.
Tribulietx said the visits were powerful reminders of how tough life in the pacific can be for many.
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"It makes you realise how lucky we are sometimes. We come from a different environment and when you visit a country like the Solomon Islands you realise there is a struggle in everyday life where people don't have as much as we do.
"It's a shame to see that in the 21st century when there is more than enough money in the world to make sure this isn't the case.
"Some people in the world have not enough and some have far too much but that's the reality.
"It's powerful to witness that reality and we've tried to at least provide people with enjoyment and strength when we visit - I wish we could do more.
"The visit to the National Referral Hospital was a shock to the system for many of the squad and I know some of our group were moved to tears by the experience.
"On behalf of everyone involved with Auckland City FC, I wish to place on record our thanks to our support crew of Elliot Ragomo, Alex Waimora and Bo Detke. I want to also thank the Solomon Islands Football Federation for hosting Group D with great professionalism."