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Twenty strong Kurukuru squad named

Forty-four players were called in the initial training squad including the whole Kurukuru squad that made history in the 2012 FIFA Futsal World Cup, scoring the Solomon Islands’ first win in the competition. For more than half of the players, the end of the first three weeks of training also marked the end of their hopes to become a Kurukuru this year.
Kadau was impressed with the turn out and says that it was not easy to let some of the players go.
“There are many quality players that we selectors can choose from and our job gets difficult each year. Some of the younger players are definite national team material and while we have to drop them this round, for sure we will call them up in the future,” Kadau says.
Nevertheless, the twenty-man squad Kadau has named reflects a strong desire to introduce some new talent to the current top crop. However, winning a place in the final twelve will be an immense challenge for the younger stars who have to claw their spot away from seasoned players including several dual FIFA World Cup veterans.
“We are looking at the next world cup (FIFA Futsal World Cup) so the idea is to start bringing in some younger players who have the potential to play at the top level. It is good for the team in that we have in place future players and also keep the current ones on edge – the older players must know there is no room for complacency,” Kadau explains.
The most notable inclusion in the Kurukuru squad this time is former national football goalkeeper Shadrack Ramoni. Ramoni has massive experience in the 11-a-side discipline having played as a national youth player and for Koloale in the former OFC O-League. However, as a futsal player he is considered a novice but selectors are confident that he is one of the top picks and has a good chance of making the final squad.
“Ramoni has good experience in football and he has also impressed us locally with his futsal club. We have had our eye on him for a while now and we think he has the potential to shine in futsal on the international stage,” Kadau says.
Solomon Islands national futsal team pre-final squad: David Lafai (GK); Anthony Talo (GK); Santus Kabini (GK); Shadrack Ramoni (GK); Phillip Mango (GK); Elliot Ragomo; James Egeta; George Stevenson; Samuel Osifelo; Jack Wetney; Lenson Bisili; Junior Wane; Alwin Hou; Atana Fa’rado Jnr.; Micah Lea’alafa; Coleman Makau; Jeffery Bule; Moffat Sikwa’ae; Matthias Saru and Francis Lafai.
The OFC Futsal Championship will take place in Auckland, New Zealand, in the month of July. Solomon Islands are defending champions and have won the regional title four times since 2008.