Kurukuru on tour

The match, to be played at the Sydney Olympic Park Sports Centre, is a rare opportunity for the Kurukuru to play an international ahead of the 2016 OFC Futsal Championship.
Futsalroos Head Coach Robert Varela has selected a 12-player strong squad for Sunday’s match against the Solomon Islands, although they will be without overseas based Jarrod Basger and Tobias Seeto.
“The Solomon Islands will provide us with a very good test. They are very quick and extremely skilful, and their unpredictability in attack makes them a difficult opponent to contain,” Varela said of the their Kurukuru opponents.

“Our boys are in the middle of a very taxing fitness program so it would not be surprising to see a few heavy legs towards the end of each half.

“However, this is a great opportunity for the players to show their wares in front of family, friends and the general futsal public for the first time in many years.”
Solomon Islands coach Juliano Schmeling has opted for an experienced side, with the likes of James Egeta, Elliot Ragomo and Micah Lea’alafah all included in his squad as well as goalkeeper Anthony Talo.
The side will remain in camp in Australia following the match, spending two weeks in total, before heading on to Suva, Fiji for the tournament which runs from 8-13 February.
The Kurukuru qualified for the last FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand in 2012 and are aiming for their fifth regional title.


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