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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Solomons Brazilian soccer coach name 25-player for SPG games in Samoa including ten new players.

Ten new players are in the 25-player training squad who go into camp today in preparation for next month’s South Pacific Games soccer in Samoa. They are Samson Takayama, David Taro, Jacob Pekau, Judd Molea, James Naka, Godwin Bebeu, Mostyn Beui, Arnold Keni, Tinoni Ratu and Tome Faisi.

Twenty-one players will go to the games and four will be non-travelling reserves. Coach Airton Andrioli will closely watch the form of all players during the camp.
“Changes can be made until two weeks before the start of the South Pacific Games,” he said. “All the players will have to fight for their place in the team.”

Youth international defender Taro said he is looking forward to doing well in the squad. Another defender, Takayama, said it has been a ˙long time dream to be in the national team. “Most of the time I spent playing football in Western Province,” he said.“It is last year that I came to play with KOSSA in Honiara.”

The Malaitan had captain the Western side in most of his outings in Honiara. This year Takayama played in the triumphant Bilikiki national beach soccer team. He said: “I’m looking forward to represent my country.”

Manager Atu Balakena said the squad could not move into camp yesterday because the beddings at the Solomon Islands Football Federation academy were not ready.

While in camp, the squad play local warmup matches against KOSSA FC (see report page 19), Solympic and Honiara Select.Then the team travel to Australia’s Gold Coast for more warmup matches there.

Balekena said: “We will be in camp until August 9 before leaving to Gold Coast.” Solomon Islands Football Federation general secretary Eddie Ngava said he can’t confirm which teams they will play in Australia. “We are still waiting for the consent letter of Australia © Football,” he said. “But we are aiming to play three Queensland state clubs.”

The final 25: Goalkeepers: Felix Ray, Fred Hale, Defenders: Gideon Omokirio, Mahlon Houkarawa, George Suri, Samson Takayama, David Taro, Jacob Pekau, Arnold Keni, Midfield: George Lui, Stanley Waita, George Aba, Richard Anisua, Judd Molea, James Naka, Alec Maemae, Henry Fa’arodo, Jack Samani, Mostyn Beui, Tome Faisi, Strikers: Commins Menapi, Benjamin Totori, Godwin Bebeu, Abraham Iniga and Tinoni Ratu.

Source: Solomon star.

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