Fiji FA hunts futsal coach

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Fiji Times Online

Fiji may look to the Solomon Islands for its next national Futsal coach.

Solomon Islands are the undisputed kings of Futsal in Oceania and the frontrunners as well for the 2011 Oceania Championship, which serves as a World Cup qualifier.

Fiji Football Association vice-president and Futsal Commission chairman Anil Sharma considers it will be a hard for any local coach to fill the position.

Sharma said Fiji did not have specialist coaches for the code.

“The Futsal Commission will be meeting on Wednesday after which we will make our recommendations to the Fiji FA board,” he said. “As chairman I feel we should get a coach from Solomon Islands. There’s nothing to be ashamed about that because they’ve achieved so much in the code. I feel it’ll be hard for locals because Futsal in Fiji is still in a development stage and there’s no harm in being honest about it. Local teams are getting players from Solomon Islands so I don’t see any harm in us getting a coach from there. But all this will be subject to approval of the Fiji FA board,” Sharma said.

The Solomon Islands national Futsal team is nicknamed ‘Kurukuru’ and the side has been winning the Oceania Championship since 2008 under renowned coaches like Victor Wai’ia and Dickson Kadau.

Sharma said the national Futsal team trials for next year’s Oceania Championship would be held next month. “Lately there was a Futsal league played in Labasa and we will start with one in Ba soon. There’s been no competition in Suva and definitely we’ll be looking into it.”

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