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Hero’s welcome for futsal champions

More than 200 people turned up to greet the team. As the players exited the terminal they were garlanded with flowers and traditional necklaces and handshakes followed as the locals joined in the team’s celebration. Some fans ran up to the players for their photographs to be taken with them and one parent had his young son pose with Kurukuru captain, Elliot Ragomo.
A brief ceremony was held at the Henderson Airport car park before the team boarded a vehicle for a parade through Honiara town. The parade took more than 2 hours as the motorcade of 50 plus vehicles went through the main street of Honiara and people waited on the roadside to cheer the team. Passing vehicles tooted their horns and school children lined the streets outside their schools to wave to the team as it passed by. In one instance, the whole motorcade was stopped as people ran towards the lead vehicle to shake hands with the players and get a chance to touch the trophy. Cheers of ‘Go Solo Go’ and ‘Go Kurukuru Go’ echoed throughout the parade as the chanting fans expressed their joy at the team’s championship win.
Turning back at the west end of the city the parade ran through Chinatown and Kola’a Ridge before meeting the main road again at Fishing Village. From there the motorcade headed to the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) headquarters where the players posed for photographs with fans before attending a press conference organised for them.
Speaking at the press conference SIFF President, Martin Alufurai, thanked the players for their hard work and announced that SIFF would very soon begin work on what he called the ‘home for Kurukuru’, a professional standard futsal stadium.
“This team is unique in the sense of their discipline and commitment. This is something that has been missing from our football teams for some time,” Alufurai says. “What they have achieved is for this country and the Federation thanks them for that. I can announce that work will soon begin on a new futsal stadium here in Honiara and that will be followed by additional development in Auki and Gizo.”
Team Manager of Kurukuru, Mapuru Tausinga, says that his side is happy to be home and they thank all the people who contributed to the success of the team.
“I would like to thank Our Telekom, Nice Bola, DJ Graphics, Lion Heart Plant and Hire, Solomon Airlines, Tausinga Outboard and for the support they have given to us,” Tausinga says. “If I have not mentioned you and you know you have helped then this word of appreciation is extended to you as well. Finally, I would like to thank all the citizens of this country for believing in us and for all your prayers.”
This evening the team will be hosted at a thanksgiving dinner organised by the Kingdom Harvest church group. This will be followed by the general thanksgiving service organised by the Kurukuru parents at the Multipurpose Hall on Wednesday.

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