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Nations Cup squad named

Amicale based trio Nelson Sale, James Naka and Freddie Kini are also named in the squad as Toata looks to balance the confidence and maturity of the veterans with the pace and dexterity of the younger players. Young guns like Charlie Otainao, Dennis Ifunaoa and Jerry Donga will add some needed speed up front as will Auckland City’s, Micah Lea’alafa.
In naming the squad, Toata, expressed confidence in his players saying that this is best team for the competition.
“I have confidence in the players that they are the right ones to get the job done. In training everyone has worked hard and displayed what it takes to be part of this team,” Toata says.
He is backed by his key forward, Totori, who says that he feels assured by the composition of the team.
“I think we have one of the best teams coming from Solomon Islands. We have the best of the old and the best of the new players in the country so there is a good balance,” says Totori.
After concluding their two-week local camp in Honiara the team headed to Sydney, Australia. In Sydney, the team will be joined by Ramon Tribulietx for a week-long camp. From there they will travel to Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea for the tournament.
Solomon Islands is in Group B of the OFC nations cup along with Fiji, New Zealand and Vanuatu. The opening match is against Vanuatu on Saturday 28 May followed by two rest days and the second match against Fiji on Tuesday 31 May. The final group match is against the All Whites on Saturday 4 June.
Solomon Islands squad: 1. Phillip Mango (GK), 2. Hadisi Aengari, 3. Bata Furai, 4. Fred Fakarii, 5. Freddie Kini, 6. Allen Peter, 7. Dennis Ifunaoa, 8. Paul Wale, 9. Benjamin Totori, 10. Judd Molea, 11. Micah Lea’alafa, 12. Samson Koti (GK), 13. James Naka, 14. Moffat Kilifa , 15. Jerry Donga, 16. Gagame Feni, 17. Nelson Sale, 18. Henry Fa’arodo, 19. Gibson Daudau, 20. Charlie Otainao, 22. Joses Nawo and 23. James Do’oro

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