Player Profile: Nicholas Muri

Both attributes are typical of people from the island of Makira in the southern part of the Solomon Islands where he grew up.
“Short people are called Kakamora where I’m from,” says Muri at 5 foot 5, referring to traditional stories from Makira that tell of small beings who lived in caves in the jungle-covered interior of the island.
For beach soccer, Muri sees it as an advantage.
“It think it helps being small because I can move easier across the sand and turn quickly.”
Both Fiji and Tahiti have struggled to contain the speedy striker and he will have plenty of confidence going into tomorrow’s final after a standout performance against the hosts scoring two well-taken goals in their 4-1 victory.
Teammates have also recognized his speed, naming one of their set players ‘Makira’ since it involves a quick sprint from one of the far side players to get on the ball.
Muri picked up beach soccer in three years ago and has enjoyed the experience of two FIFA Beach Soccer World Cups in Marseille and Dubai.
His love of football dates further back to primary school when he always played with the older boys.
At just 13 he was chosen to play for the Makira senior side to play in national competitions.
He now resides in Honiara and currently plays his club football for Kossa after a spell at Koloale where he played during the 2009 O-League final against Auckland City.
But for now his focus is on beach soccer.
“I love beach soccer because it keeps me fit and strong,” says the 27-year-old.
“We’ve been happy with our performances during the week but we know we can play even better in the final.”
Muri will be a key player in tomorrow’s final between the Solomon Islands and Tahiti which kicks off at 12:30pm at Jardin de Paofai in Papeete, Tahiti.
The winner of the match will qualify for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Italy this September.

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