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Women’s PG squad trimmed

Head coach, Timothy Inifiri, revealed the list this afternoon saying that he and his colleagues have identified the top crop of players for to represent Solomon Islands.
“There are more and more women players in the Solomon Islands with quality so choosing the best has not been easy,” Inifiri says. “We thank all the players who worked hard during the trials period, especially those ones who made it into the final training squad.“
Most of the players that represented the country in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Women’s Nations Cup in 2010 are named in the training squad except for 2, Pauline Erewai and Raymalyn Zoze, who have dropped out for personal reasons.
The team management has spent best part of the last 2 months working with the players in twice a week training sessions at the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) academy pitch where the team has also had the opportunity to work with fitness trainer, Fa’amoana Topue.
According to Inifiri, the aim of the team management is to put together a team that is fitter, faster and stronger than the squad that finished in fourth place at the last OFC Women’s Nations Cup.
“We believe in the players and the players are determined to better Solomon Islands’ record at the Pacific Games. Our task is to shape and mould the players into the best women’s team that this country has ever sent to any competition,” Inifiri says.
Hard work ahead
If what Inifiri is gunning for is to happen then a lot of hard work lies ahead for the players and the management as an increased number of training sessions is anticipated in the coming weeks once details are finalised.
The team management was surely true to its word about hard work with the final training squad being put through a tough endurance session by Topue in their very first meeting after being named.
“Nothing about this is going to be easy,” says Inifiri. “Crunch time starts here and the payers need to know that they will be required to go the extra mile in all their training sessions if they want to be in the final team.”
Top 3 priorities
Inifiri has also outlined the top 3 priorities for the management team after having the named the final training squad as discipline, fitness and tactical competency.
“To be a part of this team a player has to be disciplined, meet the fitness requirements that are set and must be able to understand their role as a unit in the 11-peice puzzle that a football team is when they take to the field,” Inifiri says.
The team management wants all players to attend all training sessions without fail and ensure that they do not breach any of the guidelines that are in place for national team members.
In addition to that players will be required to meet stringent fitness requirements which they Inifiri says will be tougher than last years.
The final 25 players will be named by the end of May in line with requirements from the national Olympic management body in Solomon Islands.

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