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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

SI Bilikiki beach soccer boys arrive in Vitoria, Brazil

The Solomon Bilikiki boys will have their first training run today almost 20 hours after they flew into Vitoria in Brazil.

They arrived on Sunday and spent most of yesterday catching up on much needed sleep.

Team coach, Vivian Wickham told the Oceania Football Confederation website that the team was absolutely exhausted after 2 days of strenuous travel.

Mr Wickham stated that from Santiago, they flew into Sao Paolo which is Pele's old club town for a short refill and then onward to Rio de Janeiro where the team checked out and caught another connection flight to Vitoria, where they will be based before the World cup begins next week.

It is understood that the team will go into the games as a minnow and underdog, but they are carrying hopes of the oceania region in this prestigeous tournament. This is also the first time for most of the players in that team to travel out of the Pacific Island countries.

According to reports from Wickham, it was the first time for them to see golden beaches. He added that the lifestyle there is just similar to a typical Pacific island setting where life is laid back, bicycles everywhere and endless golden beaches. The team had their first walk about around the beach front yesterday morning to familiarize themselves with the new environment before getting into the real training today.

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