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Kurukuru stun hosts in thriller

The characteristic ‘never say die’ attitude once again came out to the fore as the Kurukuru came from behind twice to defeat the 11th ranked side in the world. From start to finish Kurukuru simply refused to be broken and in the end the reward went their way.
The Kurukuru are ranked 46th and had only a handful of friendlies before arriving in Thailand and this made the win all the more palatable for the players and team managed. The match was played as part of the All Star Futsal Festival and also features Australia, Solomon Islands, Thailand, Panama and Egypt.
“This is a very important victory for Kurukuru and for Solomon Islands – finally we have managed to win outside our region and in the lead up to world cup it is great for the boys to be reminded what it feels like to win,” head coach, Dickson Kadau, says.
“The hard work exerted in the last year and in the training camp in Spain is paying off and we are very happy to be on the right side of the score line. Thailand are a very strong side and today they played well but we believed that we could win and we worked hard to get it.”
Samuel Osifelo, who scored, the winning goal said that the victory is a team effort despite displaying brilliant individual skill for a double finish in the game.
“I feel happy to do my part in scoring today but overall it is the work of all the players in the team. We communicated well and had confidence in each other and we have our tour in Spain to thank for this,” Osifelo said.
Coached by Victor Hermans and backed by a fully packed stadium Thailand looked sharp and broke the deadlock after 4 minutes with a strike from Jeerawat Sornwichian. The lead went up in the 10th minute when Kritsada Wongkaev beat the Kurukuru defence to give the home side a 2 to nothing lead.
However, the Kurukuru were back in the contest a minute later when Samuel Osifelo scored their first of the game and his second of the pre-world cup tour. Elliot Ragomo then levelled proceedings with his first goal of the tour in the 13th minute with a lovely effort and this took the game to a 2-all tie which remained intact till the halfway breather.
The second half saw both teams open strongly but Thailand had the slight upper hand with some very good attempts finding only the woodwork. However, their hard work paid off in the 33rd minute when Sornwichian scored from distance and it was 3-2 to Thailand. Kurukuru’s foul count soon went up under pressure from the Thais but, fortunately for the tourists, none of the penalties were converted.
The Kurukuru fought back strongly in the dying minutes and were rewarded handsomely when Micah Lea’alafa got in on them goal scoring action through a powerfully taken free kick in the 39th minute. Once again, the teams were level with each other but neither side was willing to finish with a draw. Thailand repeatedly pushed hard into Kurukuru territory in the attempt to get in front on the board and this eventually cost them the game.
With only seconds left to play Thailand found themselves exposed when an offensive was cut short by Osifelo who stole the ball halfway down the court, danced past 2 Thai defenders before slotting the ball home for the winner.
The Kurukuru have less than day’s rest before they play their second friendly match in Thailand. They will take on Australia as the All Star Futsal Festival continues in Thailand.

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