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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Koto to guide Bilikiki Boys to France

Henry Koto will coach the ‘Bilikiki Boys’ in the Beach Soccer World Cup in France in July.

The veteran representative player last month went with the team to Brazil in his first appearance as player-coach.

He combined in the coaching role with New Zealander Terrence van Dillen.

Van Dillen had been helping the team with physical training while here with the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands (RAMSI).

Koto’s promotion followed the departure of Airton Andrioli after the national team’s disastrous effort in the South Pacific Games and World Cup qualifying matches in Samoa in September.

National coach Andrioli’s contract was not renewed after the failure in Samoa. The Australian-based Brazilian had also been coaching the Bilikiki Beach Boys.

Team manager Rueben Oimae said Koto is likely to be helped by an overseas coach before the tournament.

The Bilikiki team will resume training towards end of next month


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