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Bilikiki in last camp for qualifiers

The players and team management moved into camp at the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) academy complex on Sunday where they will remain for 2 weeks before their departure.
Bilikiki team manager, Rueben Oimae, says that this camp is a part of their preparation schedule finalised last year.
“The team management saw it as important that the team has another opportunity to spend time together as we move closer towards the starting date of the OFC beach soccer championship,” Oimae says.
Oimae explains that putting the team together in camp is beneficial from a practicality perspective because it makes it easier for SIFF to organise transport for the twice daily training sessions and helps the players to maintain their focus on the championship away from distractions outside.
This is Bilikiki’s second time in camp since they named the 15-man training squad in November.
Their first one was held in the fina 2 weeks of November at the Airport Motel complex in Guadalcanal Province which is only a walk away from their training ground at DC Park.
Oimae says that the team’s preparations are going well and the players have welcomed news that skipper, James Naka, is likely to be fully fit to play by the time the championship starts.
“Naka is a key player with so much experience so we were worried that he would not be able to play for the team this year but he has shown great strength and determination since sustaining his injury and is improving daily,” Oimae says.
Gibson Hosea who has struggled with a knee injury for a number of months has also recovered well and will be among the top players in the vastly experienced Bilikiki side.
In the 2009 qualifying competition Hosea scored the goal that sent Bilikiki to the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and is one of the most respected beach soccer players in the Solomon Islands.
The 2011 competition has only 4 teams: Fiji, Tahiti, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands and will be played in 2 rounds where the first is a round robin league between all the participating teams and the second stage is a final match between the top 2 teams.
Bilikiki have been beach soccer champions of Oceania in the last 3 qualifying competitions and have taken part in 4 FIFA beach soccer world cups since 2006.

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