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17 for Vanuatu tour named

The list was released by the team management this afternoon after deliberations that extended throughout the better part of last week. With forty-seven players from the trial squad it was big task for the management to pick out the players to represent Solomon Islands in its first ever match outside the country since 2007.
Solomon Islands national team coach, Jacob Moli, says that his line-up for Vanuatu is a balance between the top performers and players needing a final run before their fate in the team is decided.
“The squad we picked is a combination of players we are confident about and a number which we want to test on foreign soil to see how they will perform in front of a hostile crowd,” Moli says.
Mli emphasises that the 17-man squad is not the final team for the Pacific Games and all players need to show their worth when they meet Vanuatu on home soil.
“All players in the squad for the Vanuatu tour are selected from the pool of players that we have training at the moment so none of them is guaranteed a ticket to New Caledonia. If they want to represent their country they have this opportunity to prove themselves,” Moli explains.
Across the drink Solomon Islands representatives are expecting a tough reception. Vanuatu ended their international tour with a 2 – 1 win against Fiji and their confidence is building. Solomon Islands is anticipating that O-League ace, Fennedy Masauvakalo, may play for his country in the return matches and will prove to be a handful for their backline.
“It is a friendly but the aim is to build up a positive momentum by winning,” says Moli. “Vanuatu will want to balance the records so we are definitely expecting stiff opposition in our 2 friendly matches over there.”
An announcement on the final 25-man squad for the Pacific Games did not occur as expected last week amidst news that further downsizing of the number of representatives per sport may be carried out. If this is confirmed then fewer than 20 players will be travelling to New Caledonia for each national football team, something that Moli is concerned about.
Moli says that at best he wants 20 players in his team as insurance against injuries and to provide the management with extra options on the pitch.
“I think the maximum possible number of players should be allowed to travel to guards against injury problems and for technical purposes,” Moli says.
The team is expected to depart for Vanuatu early next week. They will play 2 games on Vanuatu with the first one scheduled for Wednesday 27 July and the second match will be on Saturday 30 July. Solomon Islands won the first and the drew the second of the 2 friendly matches they played with Vanuatu in Honiara on July 7 and July 9.
The 17-man squad:
Goalkeepers
1. Shadrack Ramoni
2. Samson Koti
Defenders
3. George Suri
4. Samson Takayama
5. Hadisi Aengari
6. Nelson Sale
7. Aleck Wickham
8. Tome Faisi
Midfielders
9. Henry Fa’arodo Jnr.
10. George Lui
11. Joachim Waroi
12. Michael Fifi’i
13. Jeffery Bule
14. Seni Ngava
Forwards
15. Joses Nawo
16. Abraham Iniga
17. Joe Luwi

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