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Bonitos squad to be named soon

In the first friendly match, the Bonitos training squad cruised to a 9-nil win over GBR Football Club who did well to keep the score line to a lean 1-0 at halftime. The second friendly saw the Bonitos overcome the Solomon Islands Football Coaches Association (SIFCA) Provincial Select 4-3 in a close match.
Their final trial match before the final squad is named is scheduled for Thursday and will be against Solomon Warriors who are also gearing up for the Oceania Football Confederations (OFC) Champions League. This match will take place at the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) academy at 4:00pm.
The team management will make an announcement on the composition of the final squad after the friendly against Solomon Warriors. This squad is expected to be dominated by home-based players with a few inclusions only of overseas based players. This announcement will most likely be made this weekend.
Meanwhile, SIFCA Provincial Select coach, Tome Kiki, expressed after their test match against the Bonitos training squad that a lot more work needs to be done by the national side.
“Given our result against them I think the Bonitos need more work to improve. They need several more test matches to make sure the players are conditioned better for international duty,” Kiki says.
Bonitos head coach, Jacob Moli, says he is not investing too much thought on the first two friendly matches but acknowledges that several of his players need to get into speed.
“We are shaping the team at the moment and the final squad is not yet in place, so the results are not really important. However, some of our players really need to work hard if they are serious about getting a place in the final squad,” Moli says.
Solomon Islands will play Tahiti Nui in Pape’ete on March 22. The match against New Zealand will take place in Honiara on March 26. Currently, Solomon Islands is placed third in the competition table, New Zealand leads with wins from all four matches and New Caledonia is in second place.

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