first_imgSoccer Star Mountain FC competing in the Kumul Petroleum National Soccer League has been observing these challenging times as a result of the global coronavirus pandemic, says the Tabubil franchise club coach Percy Mataio. He said during the state-of-emergency (lockdown) period all the players were confined to their homes with guided programs to follow to help them keep up with their fitness and training programs individually while adhering to safe practices at home. He added that the boys prepared well during the first week of training ahead of the match against Hekari United. Mataio said when he stepped into coach the side they had already planned to limit Hekari United in certain areas so that it could “give us every opportunity to create our chances to compete against a big team like Hekari United”. “Fortunately for us, we were tactically prepared and the boys delivered an amazing performance to come away with the win,” Mataio said of their 2-1 victory against Hekari United in round 10 before the competition headed for recess. “We spoke about the change of attitude in the team, we focused on believing in our ability to work hard for each other and putting in the required effort so that we could compete against our opposition. “The win is a result of all these factors put together by the coaching team and players and the players deserved to be congratulated on their tremendous efforts. It’s a very good motivational factor for the team to build on. “Not having the time to train together as a team is very difficult for us and all the other teams as well but we must be mindful of people’s lives at risk and the safety of everyone so we will try to get ourselves back on track where we last left off once the season resumes and try to improve again as a team with the culture that we want to build at Star Mountain FC,” Mataio said.last_img