Collecting the wooden spoon and dropping to a lower division is not what players and coaches want to go through.
However Black Diamond FC coach, Ben Hungai, believes relegation is a way to reflect on what happened during the last season and rebuild the team and rebound from the drop in a division especially with a lot of new players which the team as recruited.
Coach Hungai says during the previous seasons the club went through a lot of challenges. He says at one stage they imported two Solomon Islanders, however it was challenging to keep them long.
Hungai says he looks forward to the upcoming 2019-2020 season in the second division. His boys respect all division two teams, however he says he expects his players to switch on their mental batteries and work together technically as a team.
The coach accepts that this upcoming season will be challenging as all teams will be aiming for the first division, however he believes that with his team’s effort and by the grace of God, the future will be bright for his boys.
Since the club’s formation in 2014, the team got promoted to the first division after just a single season of existence. The team remained in the first division and just got demoted back to division two last season.
Black Diamond FC are currently playing in the opening tournament of the second division and are in group B alongside Narak, Varona and Kings.
Two weeks ago they drew one all with Kings and last Saturday they lost to Narak by four goals to nil. Coach Hungai understands that football is a team sport and he accepts that with a lot of new players, it takes time to settle in and get used to playing as a team.
He appreciates the opening tournament as a way to build on team bonding and to identify weaknesses to work on in preparation for the upcoming season.
In the other group B match, Varona from Seaside Futuna beat Kings by two goals to nil.
This coming Saturday. Black Diamond FC take on Varona FC at Kawenu (time to be confirmed) while group leaders Narak take on Kings.
A win for Black Diamond would give them a chance in the semi finals as runners up.
Black Diamond FC was formed in 2014 comprising of boys within the Erakor Area Council, stretching from Erakor Bridge to Erakor Village and Club Hippique.