BRASILIA – The FIFA Futsal World Cup – Brazil 2008 kicks-off in less than 24 hours and the Solomon Islands Kurukuru are ready for action! www.oceaniafootball.com presents fans of the Kurukuru with a photo gallery of action as the team prepares for its first taste of World Cup action against Cuba.
The people of the Solomon Islands will be able to enjoy every kick off the ball in Brasilia thanks to Oceania Football Confederation, FIFA, One News Television (Solomon Islands) and their affiliated broadcast partners from Australia and Fiji.
One News Television (Solomon Islands) broadcast the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup – Marseille 2008 in June this year and company CEO Dorothy Wickham expressed her thanks to FIFA and OFC for helping bring futsal to television screens across the Solomon Islands.
"This is a wonderful opportunity for the people of Solomon Islands to see their stars in action on the world stage at a FIFA event," Wickham said.
In Kurukuru team news, it appears the talismanic Eliot Ragomo will be passed fit to play in the FIFA Futsal World Cup opener against Cuba.
Ragomo was treated for an ankle injury during the team’s build-up preparations and was considered doubtful.
SOLOMON ISLANDS vs. CUBA
TUESDAY 30 SEPTEMBER 2008
Cuba has appeared at three FIFA Futsal World Cup tournaments and played nine matches and has yet to record a single victory. Despite this, Cuba’s experience at the finals of FIFA Futsal events is likely to hold them in good stead for the opening match against Solomon Islands with Eduardo Morales and Fernando Chapman likely dangermen for the young Kurukuru.
Cuba finished runners-up in the CONCACAF Futsal Championship 2008 with Morales finishing as the top goalscorer.
The present Cuban squad has been together for five years and is eager to make an impact at the FIFA Futsal World Cup and record its first ever victory.
KURUKURU PHOTO GALLERY
Jack Wetley in possession during a training work-out
Kurukuru hop to it during a ladder warm-up
Fit and raring to go, Eliot Ragomo in full flight
Solomon Islands Kurukuru are all smiles ahead of their FIFA Futsal World Cup debut
Field of dreams – Jenan is dwarfed in the 17,000 capacity Jornalista Nilson Nelson Sports Hall