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Fa’arodo maintains captaincy reign

Fa’arodo, who has featured in more than twenty (20) FIFA World Cup qualifying matches, was confirmed as the captain of the Bonitos squad by technical adviser to the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF), Laurent Papillon. The same honour was accorded to Fa’arodo during the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) nations cup tournament in June.
On receiving his appointment, Fa’arodo, says that it is an immense honour for him to lead the national side to a very important competition.
“Firstly, I am very happy to be called into the national team again as it is the greatest pride for any player. However, taking on this responsibility has made me feel humbled and energised about our objective for this campaign,” Fa’arodo says.
“For me this is about leadership on and off the field and I will do my best to keep this team focussed on our goals. The dream is to be in Brazil in 2014 and this is where we start proving to ourselves that we can achieve it.”
Fa’arodo joined the local trials for the national team last week after returning from New Zealand where he was based with FC Nelson. According to the national selection panel he is among the key players in the national team.
“Fa’arodo is a fundamental part of this national team. We are very fortunate to have him train with us since last week. He is worthy of the captaincy of the national team because he is an accomplished player,” Papillon said.
Fa’arodo debuted at the senior level in a 3-2 loss against Tahiti in 2002 and after playing 38 matches in the national jersey he describes the French Polynesia side as a tough nut to crack for Solomon Islands.
“Getting a win against Tahiti is a primary goal in the overall picture but at the same time beating them will help dispel some tough memories from years past,” Fa’arodo says.
“I wouldn’t call it revenge but I think it is something that the whole team wants and that is to be on the right side of the score-line. All in all we all look forward to the game and we all want to do our best.”
Solomon Islands will play Tahiti at home on September 7 in the opening round of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) qualifiers for the FIFA 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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