image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 1 March 2011.

                                                  image by Juan Manuel Gabino Villascán, 1 March 2011.

The country’s national Under twenty soccer team leaves today for the Oceanic Football Confederation Under Twenty Championship in Vanuatu.

Media Officer for the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF), Joseph Boso says the team has been undergoing stringent training over the past five months shaping up for the competition.

“It should run for two weeks and the kick off will be on Saturday the 3rd September and then finals on 18th and the competition consist of group stage plus the finals and we Solomon Islands are in group B along with New Zealand, Cook Islands, and Tahiti. Group A consists of Papua New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, and Fiji.”

The competition will also serve as the qualifier for the FIFA Under Twenty World Cup in Korea.

Meanwhile, Solomon Islands are sending one of the least experienced sides but have proven time and again across all levels of the game that they are not a side to be underestimated.

Having watched as the senior side progress to the semi-finals of the recent OFC Nations Cup in Port Moresby, there will surely be a drive to do something similar themselves.

The local side is placed in pool B with New Zealand, Tahiti, and the Cook Islands.

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