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Aiming for top 2 finish: Inifiri

Head Coach, Timothy Inifiri, made this declaration minutes before they boarded the plane to travel to New Zealand where the Women’s Nations Cup championship will be held.
“The girls are fit and they are ready to take on any team that they will meet in this tournament,” Inifiri said. “This team is well prepared and we are focussed on getting into the finals for a top 2 finish.”
Inifiri explained that this is the best prepared team Solomon Islands has ever sent to an overseas championship and the level of confidence among the players and officials is very high.
Members of the women’s national team spent 2 weeks in their pre-tournament camp and this has helped the team with their preparations in more than one way.
Captain of the women’s national team Rose Gwali said that the players used the camp to bond and also think about their objectives for the championship.
“We are all from different clubs so our time together in camp has helped us understand one another better and this will be important for our combinations on field,” Ms. Gwali said.
According to the team’s fitness coach, Nohichi Topue, the camp has enabled him to closely monitor the weight of the players and work one on one with the players.
Also weighing heavy on the mind of the players is the recent announcement that the National Olympic Committee of the Solomon Islands (NOCSI) will be monitoring their results in the championship.
Ms. Gwali said that the players are aware of the pressure on them but first the objective that they have set for the Nations Cup must be achieved.
‘We want to reach our goal (in the Nations Cup) and prove to everybody who we are. That way we can convince people of our commitment and women’s football can be included for the next pacific games,” Ms. Gwali said.
The team has spent the last 3 months in intensive fitness and tactical training and their level of commitment to their training has impressed both the head coach and the trainer who said that these players have made it their personal mission to perform at their best level.
Working with fitness trainer Topue has also contributed greatly to their preparations and fitness wise the team is prepared to meet the top teams in the championship including New Zealand.
The team was farewelled at the airport by their families and football officials including the President of the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF), Martin Alufurai, SIFF Vice President, Stanley Siapu, SIFF General Secretary, Eddie Ngava and Chairperson of the Women’s Football Standing Committee, Maria Rarawa.
The team will meet Tonga in their opening match on Thursday.

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