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Panel names 31-man squad

With the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Nations Cup to be hosted on local soil the pressure was on the selection panel to come up with a strong side and the list does not disappoint with some of the top stars in the region making the cut.
The squad was named after a meeting on Saturday which ended with the handover of the list of players to the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) technical department head, Noel Wagapu, by the selection panel. This followed a 3 trial matches which were held last week involving more than forty players most of whom are locally based.
Wagapu thanked the panel for their hard work and expressed his confidence in the independence and reliability of the process involved in the selection of the players.
“SIFF wishes to thank Jacob Moli’s team for their hard work in coming up with the top players that will go on to form our national representative team. This team worked independently and I am confident that we have the best players possible in this squad,” Wagapu says.
The squad that is named is largely based on the 2011 Pacific Games squad that won the country’s second silver medal at the competition. Sixteen (16) members of that squad are recalled while 4 including defender Samson Takayama and goalkeeper Jimmy Qwaina have been dropped in favour of new blood coming into the team.
Jack Wetney leads the band of first time hopefuls who have a big task in store for them in the coming 2 weeks. The competition for places in the team is more between the new faces rather than the 16 from Pacific Games squad and their performance in training sessions will be monitored closely according to the Moli.
Alick Maemae, who has already donned the national team jersey in several international competitions is another significant addition to the team. The ‘maestro’ as he is known in the local media boosted his chances for a recall by winning the golden boot trophy in the national football league in Vanuatu and he is expected to join the squad along with Nelson Sale, Moffat Deramoa and Joachim Waroi next week.
According to Jacob Moli the national team will go into their full training program immediately. This training program will kick off today (Tuesday 17th April) and will combine the best efforts of the SIFF technical department and the management team.
Moli says that he is satisfied that the core of the Pacific Games squad is in place and this will make the preparation process a more manageable challenge.
“Observing the trials I can say that the current players in the national team have not lost their understanding of the system that we used last year and this is big plus for us. The challenge will be to get the new players to have the same awareness of our system but I am confident that a solid foundation is already in place,” Moli says.
Other teams for the OFC Nations Cup are gearing up preparations ahead of the tournament in June. Tahiti played a friendly with Auckland City last week while New Zealand are preparing to head to the United States for double friendly matches against El Salvador and Honduras.
Meanwhile, local preparations for the event are underway with several assessments already carried out at Lawson Tama by teams from OFC. The event is unprecedented in its scope for Solomon Islands and the local federation is working hard to put all arrangements in place for the biggest football competition ever to be hosted in the country.
31-Man Training Squad
1. Shadrack Ramoni GK (Koloale)
2. Leon Fox GK (Malaita Kingz)
3. Felix Ray Jnr. GK (Western United)
4. Tome Faisi DFD (Solomon Warriors)
5. Seni Ngava DFD (KOSSA)
6. Nelson Sale DFD (Amicale)
7. Hadisi Aengari DFD (Solomon Warriors)
8. Emmanuel Poila DFD (Solomon Warriors)
9. Loni Qaraba DFD (Western United)
10. Freddie Kini DFD (Koloale)
11. Joshua Tuasulia DFD (Marist Fire)
12. Aleck Wickham DFD (Western United)
13. Timothy Joe DFD (Eastern Star)
14. Leslie Nate MFD (KOSSA)
15. Moffat Deramoa MFD (Amicale)
16. Alick Maemae MFD (Amicale)
17. Jack Wetney MFD (Western United)
18. Himson Teleda MFD (Western United)
19. Henry Fa’arodo Jnr. MFD (Team Wellington)
20. Joe Manu MFD (Hana)
21. Mostyn Beui MFD (Koloale)
22. Joses Nawo MFD (Koloale)
23. James Naka MFD (Koloale)
24. Jeffery Bule MFD (Solomon Warriors)
25. Benjamin Totori FWD (Koloale)
26. Ian Paia FWD (Koloale)
27. Abraham Iniga FWD (Marist Fire)
28. Joe Luwi FWD (Western United)
29. Nicholas Muri FWD (Real Kakamora)
30. Nathan Kera FWD (Western United)
31. Joachim Waroi FWD (Amicale)

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