BY TAROMANE MARTIN
TEAM management for the Solomon Islands national beach soccer team, the Bilikikis, say they will name their final travelling squad for September’s OFC Beach soccer championship in Tahiti, next month.
The 2018 OFC Beach soccer championship will take place at the Pā’ōfa’i Gardens in Papeete, Tahiti from September 15 to 22 and will serve as Oceania’s qualification to next year’s Beach Soccer World Cup.
A statement from Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Media Officer Mr Simon Abana yesterday said the national beach soccer team management has also drafted 15 provincial based players into the training squad.
Seven of the 15 players are from the Malaita Football Association, five from the Western Football Association while one each from Temotu Football Association, Central Football Association and Rebel Football Association.
“The beach soccer management will name its travelling squad on August 15 for the 2018 OFC Championship in Tahiti in September,” Mr Abana said.
Team Manager for the Bilikiki Squad Mr Ruben Oimae meanwhile said the 15 provincial players are expected to arrive this week to join the training squad.
“Hopefully all the provincial boys will come before this week end to join the training squad who have been training at the Mamana Water.
“Our training days are Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Hopefully the final squad will out mid-week of next months,” Mr Oimae said.
The 15 provincial based players will join the following Honiara based players Fred Hale, Izomo Bird, Desmond Tutu, Darwyn Aomatangi, James Naka, Nicholas Muri , McPhilip Aisah, Robert Laua, Anthony Talo , Samson Takayama and Diago Aleale in training before the final selection next month.
The provincial based players drafted into the Bilikiki training squad are:
Furai Iro (Malaita Football Federation),
Bobby Alick (Malaita Football Federation),
Funusui Kabini (Malaita Football Association),
Roy Mafane (Malaita Football Association),
Thomson Peter (Malaita Football Association),
Allen Farobo (Malaita Football Association),
Nelson Sipolo (Malaita Football Association),
Darwin Aomatagi (Renbel FA),
Nelson Disi (Temotu Football Association),
James Ngonia (Central Football Association),
Ben Basi (Western Football Association),
Skevin Tanito (Western Football Association),
Robie Tanito (Western Football Association),
Lenie Bana (Western Football Association) and
Ezekel Mudi (Western Football Association).