Solomon Warriors are gearing up to host the OFC Champions League Group D in Honiara from 24 February to 2 March at Lawson Tama.
The Solomon Islands champions coach Moses Toata said his boys have stepped up preparation since turn of the year.
“We are into the third week of pre- competition training and the first two week was the hardest because we are working on fitness mostly”, the former Solomon Islands international said.
“We’re sort of in the preseason period which involves a lot of strength and conditioning work and getting their fitness level up and try to organize a couple of friendly match in the coming week”.
Meanwhile, Toata has named a 20 man squad this week which include core members of his Telekom S-League winning team.
Most players in the team have experience playing in the Oceania premier international competition besides Alwin Hou and national U-19 defender Aengari Gagame will make their OFC Champions League debut for the Warrriors.
Warriors will take on the winner of the qualifying stage on February 24 at Lawson Tama.
FULL TEAM: Phillip MANGO, Haddis AENGARI, Allen PETER, Aengari GAGAME, Fred FAKARI, Molea TIGI, Atkin KAUA, John ALICK, Jerry DONGA, Judd MOLEA, Robert LAUA, Linton FIUA, Augustine SAMANI, Alvin HOU, Emmanuel POILA, Harry MASAE, Bata FURAI, Kensi TANGIS, Loea MANI, Timothy MAEARASIA
COACH: Moses TOATA
ASSISTANT COACH: Selson MOLEA
TEAM OFFICIALS: Bodo DETTKE, Bodo DETTKE, Diane DETTKE, James DONGA, Elton LOEA, George LUI, John PARSAD, Kenton SADE