The Oceania representatives for the FIFA Futsal World Cup, the Kurukuru squad yesterday started their journey for Thailand the World Cup host country.
The travelling team which comprise of 13 players plus four team officials are heading to Spain to attend a week-long training camp before making their way down to Thailand.
Awaiting them are five friendly matches one of which will kick off today.
The Kurukuru team will today play its first international match against Australia’s Futsalroos, who will be joining them in Thailand.
Speaking prior their departure yesterday team captain, Elliot Ragomo said the team is excited and are looking forward for their five friendly matches
He revealed he has confidence in all his players whom for the past months have stick together in trainings and other team activities.
He said despite the last minute ousting of three Kurukuru players, the team has accepted the disciplinary actions taken by the Kurukuru team management and SIFFand focus for what is ahead.
He assured all fans and supporters that the team will perform to its best at the friendly matches and the World Cup.
“After all the trainings with the Spanish coach and other technical support received, this is the moment to showcase what we have learnt from them.
“The match against Futsalroos will be tough but we are going to show them that we are the current Oceania champions,” Ragomo said.
He said the friendly matches will be good tests to show where they lack in their preparations so they can work on for the remaining six weeks before the World Cup.
Following the Futsalroos match, Kurukuru will play two matches against a pair of teams who compete in Liga 1, the Spanish premier futsal competition, before taking on the Spanish national squad in a friendly on October 20.
The team will then fly to Thailand where they expect to play another friendly against the Thai national team before finally playing their opening World Cup match against Russia on November 3.