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Teams gear up for Bilikiki Challenge

Defending champions Sokamora are joined by former finalist Honiara West, KOSSA, Northern United, Manihots, Malaita Outer Islands (MOI) Popi and the Bilikiki Sliders and Bilikiki Fliers in the line-up for the first edition and excitement is building in the camps. The teams spent this week and the last regaining fitness and getting up to speed with their skills and tactics.
The most prepared, as expected are the 2 Bilikiki teams who have stuck to their training program since August. Despite hosting names like James Naka and Nicholas Muri, Bilikiki Fliers and Bilikiki Sliders are not going to take things easy this time. In the last edition of the competition, both Bilikiki teams failed to reach the finals. One did not even make the finals while the finished unimpressively in the third position.
Bilikiki team manager, Reuben Oimae, says that his teams are fully primed for the competition this year but winning is not their ultimate focus.
“My teams are ready and we believe that we can win. However, for us the competition is also about doing well at an individual because our players will be under the microscope for final selection into the 2012 national beach soccer team. The opportunity that this competition presents is that our players will play against a variety of teams and players and this will help us pick the best players. Hence, my players will be under double pressure but this is the challenge we are looking forward to,” Oimae says.
Meanwhile the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) competitions department is preparing for the draws and the technical meeting, both of which will take place tomorrow. The draws will be conducted at 12:00n and the technical meeting will follow at 4:00pm. The venue for both events is the SIFF academy conference room.
The kickoff on Friday will be maintained as the organising committee expects the competition to end on Sunday. As the schedule stands Friday and Saturday will feature only group matches. Both the semi finals and the finals will take place on Sunday.
Head of the SIFF media and competitions department, Joseph Boso, is appealing to the public to turn up at DC Park to watch the matches.
“There will be great entertainment on at DC Park as we witness the best beach soccer players in the country go head to head. It is a great environment to relax and spend the weekend while watching top class beach soccer action,” Boso says.
The Bilikiki Challenge tournament is run by SIFF in partnership with DJ Graphics Ltd. DJ Graphics Ltd. is the major sponsor of the national beach soccer team.
Defending champions Sokamora are joined by former finalist Honiara West, KOSSA, Northern United, Manihots, Malaita Outer Islands (MOI) Popi and the Bilikiki Sliders and Bilikiki Fliers in the line-up for the first edition and excitement is building in the camps. The teams spent this week and the last regaining fitness and getting up to speed with their skills and tactics.
The most prepared, as expected are the 2 Bilikiki teams who have stuck to their training program since August. Despite hosting names like James Naka and Nicholas Muri, Bilikiki Fliers and Bilikiki Sliders are not going to take things easy this time. In the last edition of the competition, both Bilikiki teams failed to reach the finals. One did not even make the finals while the finished unimpressively in the third position.
Bilikiki team manager, Reuben Oimae, says that his teams are fully primed for the competition this year but winning is not their ultimate focus.
“My teams are ready and we believe that we can win. However, for us the competition is also about doing well at an individual because our players will be under the microscope for final selection into the 2012 national beach soccer team. The opportunity that this competition presents is that our players will play against a variety of teams and players and this will help us pick the best players. Hence, my players will be under double pressure but this is the challenge we are looking forward to,” Oimae says.
Meanwhile the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) competitions department is preparing for the draws and the technical meeting, both of which will take place tomorrow. The draws will be conducted at 12:00n and the technical meeting will follow at 4:00pm. The venue for both events is the SIFF academy conference room.
The kickoff on Friday will be maintained as the organising committee expects the competition to end on Sunday. As the schedule stands Friday and Saturday will feature only group matches. Both the semi finals and the finals will take place on Sunday.
Head of the SIFF media and competitions department, Joseph Boso, is appealing to the public to turn up at DC Park to watch the matches.
“There will be great entertainment on at DC Park as we witness the best beach soccer players in the country go head to head. It is a great environment to relax and spend the weekend while watching top class beach soccer action,” Boso says.
The Bilikiki Challenge tournament is run by SIFF in partnership with DJ Graphics Ltd. DJ Graphics Ltd. is the major sponsor of the national beach soccer team.

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