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Five attend beach soccer course

The sub-regional beach soccer course is organised by FIFA and the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and is run in 2 streams, one for refereeing and the other for coaching.
Attending the coaching course are Bilikiki head coach Henry Koto and Goal Football beach soccer head coach, Gideon Omokirio and national player, Eddie Ngaitini.
Hugo Hebala and Hamilton Siau are the 2 participants for the beach soccer refereeing course.
“Siau and Hebala are 2 of our best beach soccer referees and they have officiated in the OFC championship in 2009 so they are at the top of the list for the course,” SIFF Referee Development Officer, Justin Mutukera, said of the duo who both hold FIFA beach soccer referee badges.
“Our ultimate goal is to have our referees officiate in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup and this course will certainly contribute towards achieving this goal,” Mutukera said.
SIFF Technical Development Officer, Noel Wagapu, was similarly welcoming of the benefit expected from the participation of Koto, Omokirio and Ngaitini.
“The participation of these 3 coaches will expand local qualified technical staff for the development of beach soccer in the country and this also goes in well with our objective to be in the top 10 in the world,” Wagapu said.
Omokirio’s involvement also goes in line with his appointment as the beach soccer elite head coach under the Goal Football program for small sided games announced in September by OFC President, Reynald Temarii.
The team is expected back in the country on 15 November.

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