Solomon Islands national futsal team, Kurukuru will soon start training as the national side set its sight on a record sixth regional futsal title in the 2019 OFC Futsal Nations Cup.
Kurukuru clinched the OFC Futsal Championship for the fifth time in 2016 to qualify for the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Colombia.
Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Futsal Development Officer, Jerry Sam said the national side will soon start its preparation this month in preparation for their title defense in New Caledonia next year.
“We know other Oceania countries are preparing well to end our winning run so we’re calling a training squad soon to prepare for our title defense”, the former Solomon Islands World Cup coach said.
“At moment our technical team is eying players who will be drafted into our 16 man train- on squad.”
Sam coached a mixer of youth and experience Kurukuru side at the Asian Indoor Games in Turkmenistan in October 2017.
He warned experience players in the national team not to rest on their laurels since the country is blessed with a rich pool of emerging young talents.
“Most of our experience players are at their peak now but they need to show us that they are still valuable to the team.
“We have so many young players who are dreaming to wear the national jersey so it will be a difficult task to select the final squad”, Sam added.
The interim national futsal coach stated that the selection panel will pick players based on performances and game understanding both technical and tactical aspects of the game.
Raphael Lea’i, Franster Rukumana, Leon Kofana, Junior Mana, William Tahariu and Lodrick Afia are some of the young players could make the training squad.
Australian based duo James Egeta and Jack Whitney could also make the squad based on their availability.
Auckland City Micah Lea’alafa place in the squad also depending on commitments with the seven time Oceania champions.
Plans are already in place to send the national futsal side to Asia for international friendlies as part of their preparation towards the regional tournament.
The national futsal side will start its training sessions on November 19th at the Multi-purpose Hall after the completion of the SIPA Futsal Challenge.
Meanwhile, OFC has revealed the OFC Futsal Nations Cup – previously named the OFC Futsal Championship, will take place in New Caledonia on a date yet to be confirmed.
A new club competition, OFC Futsal Champions League is due to take place in New Zealand in December 2019.