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Wagapu names U-20 squad

After delaying the release over the weekend Wagapu announced the names of the 25 players saying that he is satisfied that this is the best team that will represent the country in this year’s qualifiers.
“I have worked with these boys for the last 6 months and my selection is based on the amount of work each player has put and their output on the field during out test matches and in the Telekom S-League,” Wagapu says.
Most of the players named in the squad are active in the Telekom S-League, thus, giving them good preparation for the OFC championship which is incidentally the qualifiers for the FIFA U-20 World Cup to be held later this year in Colombia.
Dennis Ifunaoa and Tutizama Tanito are among the 2 forwards in the squad and both players are experienced having played at the top level in Solomon Islands with the latter featuring for Marist in the 2009/10 O-League season.
Both Ifunaoa and Tanito are known for their speed and eye for goals and will be centre to the Solomon Islands striking force.
Similarly experienced are defenders Freddie Kini and Michael Sira who have also featured in the O-League for Koloale and Marist respectively.
Following Tahiti’s successful qualifying campaign in the OFC qualifiers in 2008 a renewed urgency is felt in the Solomon Islands squad and the belief that the country can make its first ever showing in a FIFA 11-a-side competition is gathering pace.
The closest Solomon Islands got to qualifying was in 2005 when they lost to Australia in the finals at home after strong performances in the group stage and this was followed by a third place finish in Fiji in 2007.
Solomon Islands did not participate in the qualifying competition in 2008 which Tahiti won but the team is hoping to finish on top this time round.
“We want to win,” says Wagapu. “I believe strongly that my boys have the quality and the passion to win. The competition will surely be stiff so we have to work extra hard but the important thing is that we aim to win and that is where all our efforts will be going.”
Wagapu’s list includes 20 players in the official submission and 5 additional reserve players who will replace any player in the final squad who is injured or is not able to travel for any reason.
Solomon Islands national U-20 list:
1. Peter Kiriau (GK)
2. Silas Seda (GK)
3. Christopher Tafoa (DF)
4. Michael Boso (DF)
5. Brian Peter (DF)
6. Michael Sira (DF)
7. Freddie Kini (DF)
8. Fanai Koti (DF)
9. Ian Sida (DF)
10. Augustine Samani (MFD)
11. Leonard Rokoto (MFD)
12. Hudson Felani (MFD)
13. Himson Teleda (MFD)
14. Steve Saru(MFD)
15. Cornelly Rata (MFD)
16. Toata Molea Tigi (MFD)
17. Tutizama Tanito (FWD)
18. Larry Hong Sae (FWD)
19. Osmon Lui (FWD)
20. Dennis Ifunaoa (FWD)
Reserve players:
1. Polycarp Bonave (GK)
2. William Lamani (DF)
3. Brown Eroi (MFD)
4. Peter Timi (FWD)
5. Obed Ofea (FWD)

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