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Bilikiki depart for Tahiti

It will be a two-day journey for the Bilikiki who tonight will stopover in Vanuatu before proceeding on to New Caledonia on Wednesday. In New Caledonia the team will stopover for 11 hours and will use the travel break to conduct training at the Federation Caledonia Football academy in Noumea.
The final leg of the journey, a 6 hour haul from New Caledonia to Tahiti, will see the team arrive in Pape’ete in the early hours of Wednesday morning (Thursday early morning, Solomon Islands time.)
The team was in good spirits at departure and looked focus on their much publicised goal – qualifying for the quarterfinals of the world cup. With minimal injury concerns the team is well equipped to see this objective through.
Arriving a week before their first match will give the team enough time to settle down and adjust to the time difference and hotel diet. The team will reside under the care of the 2013 FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup organising committee before moving into the official tournament accommodation at the Le Meridien Hotel in Pape’ete.
A busy training schedule awaits them and possibly a number of friendly matches which the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) are trying to organise with some of the countries who are arriving early.
Speaking before their departure talismanic winger and all time top scorer for the code in Solomon Islands, James Naka, says that everyone is focussed on the goal.
“I think we are ready for the world cup and that means we are ready to meet any challenge head on,” Naka says. “It will be exciting and am looking forward to playing and not thinking about what might go wrong.”
The Bilikiki are scheduled to meet the Netherlands in their opening match of the competition on Thursday 19th September. Their other two group matches are against Argentina and El Salvador on September 21 and 23.

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