By Taromane Martin
THE national under-17 futsal team, the Junior Kurukurus will play their first friendly match in their tour of Australia on Friday.
The Junior Kurukurus are currently in Australia for a one week training camp at the Dural Centre in Sydney as part of their preparation to represent Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF), the National Olympic Committee of Solomon Islands (NOCSI) and Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) at this year’s Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina this October.
Despite welcoming the final members of the team to their camp on Tuesday, the squad had their first training sessions yesterday after leaving the country Thursday last week.
“Training was today good but the boys are still trying to cope with the cold weather which is still affecting them,” Coach Puirana told SunSPORTS yesterday.
They will play the Dural Warriors youth futsal team on Friday night, on Monday and then Tuesday as Head Coach Stanley Puirana looks to get his youngsters to adapt playing on a standard sized futsal court.
Meanwhile, Puirana said the Australia tour will help their team management to select the final 10 man squad who will represent the country at the Youth Olympic Games.
He said it will be a tough job for them to select the final 10 players after an exceptional campaign and performance in the recent SIPA National futsal league where they finished second behind champions Marist FC.
“It’s very hard to decide on the final 10 players for the Youth Olympic Games but we’ll use the Australia training camp to select our final squad,” he said prior to their departure.
The squad will return to Honiara from their tour Down Under on Wednesday.
The travelling junior Kurukuru squad for the Australian tour is: Charlie Ata (GK), Lordrick Ata (GK), Raphael Le’ai, Travis Sau, Calvin Do’oro, Jinor Laufunua Mana, Frankster Rukumana, Ronado Cromwell, Enoch Poloso, Benjamin Mana, William Tahariu, and Leon Kofana.
Officials: Head Coach-Stanley Puirana, Assistant Coach- Dickson Kadau, Team Manager- Nacanieli Seru.