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Families, supporters bid Katukatus farewell

The last three (3) months the players spent in training has been difficult especially concerning that they only had a limited amount of time to get up to speed for the championship.
A strong fitness regime was developed for the players and according to the team management the players are fully fit and ready to take on any team in the championship.
The personal sacrifice of the young players has also been the talking point with most of them not seeing their families since the 2010 mid-year break and for some the last Christmas they spent with their families was 2 years ago.
However, the squad has kept its focus and the feeling within the camp in their final few days of training has been one of optimism and confidence especially following favourable results in a number of friendly matches they played locally.
A dinner was held yesterday attended by relatives of the players and the team management marking the end of their training and beginning of their campaign at the championship.
A fitting message was shared with the players during the occasion by SIFF Football Ambassador, Gideon Omokirio, who was a member of the historic Solomon Islands U-17 team that defeated New Zealand 2 – 1 in the grand final to win OFC championship back in 1993.
Omokirio reminded the Katukatus that they are the best U-17 players in Solomon Islands and called upon them to rise to the occasion.
“Some 17 years ago I was in your shoes and I know exactly how you are feeling now. It is important that you must keep your focus and work together and put everything that you have gained from your training in the last few months into each of your games at the championship,” Omokirio said.
Omokirio also thanked the major sponsor of the Katukatus, Our Telekom, and the associate sponsors DJ Graphics Ltd. and Solomon Airlines for their support to the team while they were in camp.
A parent of one of the players, Dickson Warakohia, encouraged the players to be good ambassadors for Solomon Islands during their stay in New Zealand in his address.
“I ask you all to be ambassadors for our country and show a little bit of Solomon Islands when you are in New Zealand,” Warakohia said.
The team will transit in Brisbane tonight before flying to Auckland where they will arrive in the early hours of tomorrow.
They will reside at Mt. Albert Grammar school in Auckland.
Follow the championship at www.oceaniafootball.com.
Visit the OFC U-17 championship page for fixtures and results.

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