U-17 eye futsal league

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Members of the National Under-17 futsal team undergoing intensive physical training on Wednesday at the Multipurpose Hall. Photo by Taromane Martin
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National futsal league looms

By Taromane Martin

THE national Under 17 futsal team has resumed training in preparation for this month’s national futsal league.

Head Coach Stanley Puirana confirmed that the national Under 17 futsal team who is also the Oceania U-17 champions, will compete in the upcoming 2018 Telekom National Futsal League.

The junior Kurukurus meanwhile has resumed training in preparation for the 2018 Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games.

Puirana said the team is in its third week of training as their coaching staff look on rebuilding the boys’ fitness and endurance.

“For the past two weeks, we have been working on only 80% intensity training, concentrating mainly on building their fitness, which is very important in a team.

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“This week is our third week. On Wednesdays and Saturdays we work more on endurance in our preparation for upcoming competitions,” he told SunSPORTS yesterday.

Puirana said they are still waiting on NOCSI to give the total number of players for the squad before they can name the final team for the Youth Olympic Games later this year.

“We are still awaiting confirmation from the national Olympic committee to tell us how many players are to be included in the final squad.

“Once we get confirmation then we can make the final selection. At the moment all of the boys are here in training.

“But the squad will compete in the upcoming Telekom Futsal League which I think is set for this month,” he said.

Meanwhile, Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Futsal Development Officer, Jerry Sam last month confirmed that the National Futsal League will begin on March 15.

Sam said only 12 teams will take part in the 2018 Telekom National Futsal League.

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