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Kurukuru squad for qualifiers named

Assistant coach, Jerry Sam, announced the squad to local media in a press conference on Friday, with the blessing of head coach, Juliano Schmeling, who is visiting family in his home country Brazil. Communicating via email, the coaching pair applied the final cut to the 20 person training squad.
The fourteen players named in the squad to make the trip to Fiji are goalkeepers Paul Huia and Anthony Talo, defenders, Alvin Hou, Jeffery Bule and Samuel Osifelo, wingers, Francis Lafai, Mathias Saru, Robert Laua, and Jack Wetney, forwards, Coleman Makau and George Stevenson and utilities Elliot Ragomo, James Egeta and Micah Lea’alafa. Non-travelling reserves are Phillip Mango, Moffat Kiriau, Albert Wetney and Junior Wane.
Speaking to the press, Sam, explained that the selelction process has been very competitive with many young players threatening to unseat the name stays in the Kurukuru squad save for their experience and maturity.
“It has not been easy for us coaches to put together this team because of the talent pool we have especially concerning the up and coming stars. However, the current crop of Kurkuru players have now reached the stage where they have massive background experience and maturity and this shows during training and test matches,” Sam says.
“At the same time, I must say that the future of this team looks solid because, the next generation of players are as promising as the current. Several are unlucky to not to make this team but I am sure they have a place in future senior futsal teams.”
One the two new players in the squad are Alvin Hou who is touted as one of the best young players in Solomon Islands and good enough to make the squad. The other, Robert Laua, is better known as a star in the Solomon Islands national beach soccer team, Bilikiki, but is returning to join his peers who he played with in the national youth representative sides.
Ragomo is also named as the captain and will lead Solomon Islands in the bid to qualify for its third FIFA World Cup in the indoor discipline. Ragomo, described by his peers as inspirational, is a veteran of five (5) regional futsal competitions and has been to two FIFA world cup finals, remains one of the most feared futsal players in the region.
“He has the ability to inspire his team mates to and bring the best out them at crucial times,” says Sam of Ragomo.
Also announced as the team manager is Nacanieli Seru, who will support the coaches with the campaign in Fiji. Seru says he is honoured to be appointed and will work hard to make sure the team performs to its best ability.
“I feel very privileged to be given this responsibility to work with the national futsal team. I believe it is my duty to look after the welfare of the players to ensure that we achieve the goals we have set,” Seru says.
The squad will enter their second training camp this week at the SIFF academy where they will undergo further training locally before they leave the country on January 18.
Their final training camp will be held in Sydney where they will train for two weeks and play several test matches. Two of these test matches will be against the Australia senior futsal team, also preparing for their qualifiers under the Asian Football Confederation (AFC).
The squad will travel to Fiji directly from Australia for the competitions which kicks off on February 8.