The Futsal sport was only introduced a few years back, however, the Kurukurus have done Solomon Islands proud by qualifying for the World Cup.
With the youngest being only 17, Solomon Islands will come up against Futsal giants, Brazil and Russia.
The Oceania Champions will take off from Honiara, for two weeks of training camp in Australia, before they head off to the Futsal FIFA World Cup to begin on September the 30th.
Team Manager, Mr. Simon Dyer, confirmed that the Futsal team will spend the two weeks at the Dural Sports and Leisure Centre in Sydney “to allow the boys to train and expose themselves to an international standard Futsal court which Solomon Islands does not have.”
While in Sydney the team will also receive support from Dural Sports Centre and be able to play friendly matches with other Australian teams.
Team Kurukuru will then leave Australia on the 11th of September for Brazil to continue their training camp before the start of the Futsal FIFA World Cup.
“The two weeks prior to the games in Brazil is very important for the team. This is to allow them to get use to the environment, the food and everything else. This will also allow then to continue with training and play some more friendly matches,” Dyer explained.
Dyer also highlighted that the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) and the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC)have been working together with the National Squad to give the team the best preparation for the World Cup.
Solomon Kurukuru plays Cuba in its Opening Pool match on October 1st and then will come up against World Champions, Brazil on October 2nd. They will then play Japan on the 5th and then will play the World’s third best, Russia on the 7th.
Good Luck Kurukurus!
Source : Solomon Times Online
By : Gina Maka’a
Published : 27/8/2008