BY PETER ZOLEVEKE II
THE Solomon Island Football Federation (SIFF) beach soccer and futsal development desk are prioritizing the preparations of the national beach soccer team (Bilikiki) and futsal team (Kurukuru) entering the year 2021.
This was according to SIFF Beach soccer and futsal Development Officer, Dickson Kadau in an interview told SunSPORTS the teams’ preparations for respective competitions this year is paramount.
“As soon we settle down, we will prioritize preparing the teams this year. Their preparations since last year has been in a limbo, thus this year my department will put extra effort to have them back in serious training for competitions this year,” Kadau said.
Bilikiki will compete at the Oceania Beach Soccer Championship while Kurukuru for the FIFA Futsal World Cup later this year.
For Bilikiki, the current 24-man provisional squad will be trimmed since they have been into first two weeks of camping in December last year, and were released during the festive break.
“We will be awaiting OFC programs that are expected by end of this month, and our office meetings on our calendar of events this year will be like,” he adds.
“We will cut off the squad and involve them into educational development programs within the team.
With the SIFF headquarters being relocated Mr. Kadau says his department will have to settle down to continue its administrative work, also the hunt for a suitable training venue for the national futsal team.
“We are still to locate a venue for Kurukuru to resume training and since last year it has been a challenge for us especially with venue because of the global pandemic,” Kadau said.
“Most of the players are now been inactive which is one of our concern, some have been playing in the eleven a-side code so we hope they’ll maintain their form. They players must be active.
Kadau however, says that they are waiting on the completion of the Honiara City Council (HCC) futsal court the only option left for the reigning Oceania kings.