The Solomon Islands team are optimistic ahead of their fourth consecutive FIFA Futsal World Cup.
After a training session consisting mostly of playing high intensity back-and-forth Solomon Islands head coach Vinicius Leite and captain Elliot Ragomo spoke to Football in Oceania in the mixed zone under the stands of the Zalgiris Arena in Kaunas.
“In the World Cup, all the best teams are here. We deserve to be here, whether we’re gonna progress to the final sixteen or not is a different story. We are proud and happy to be here,” Leite says.
Ragomo focused on the importance of taking it one game at the time.
“We’ve been working on how to play every single team and hopefully we can execute it, one game at a time.”
The Solomon Islands will play against Morocco, Portugal and Thailand.
“We have to be focused and concentrate. We need to keep full concentration for the forty minutes of the game and we will see what we can do. Hopefully, whatever result comes, we will be happy,” Ragomo says.
First up for the Kurukurus is Morocco on Monday, at 18.00 local time, in their opener.
“We’ve been watching some of their games and trying to study the opposition as best we can. Trying to neutralise their attacking power, but we know they’re only video sessions and we are preparing as much as we can on and off the court,” says coach Leite.