Friday, 24 August 2012 11:28 AM

Soccer Squad Named

A fourty strong Solomon Islands national training squad has just recently been named.

National Coach, Jacob Moli says those who have missed out should not be too despondent as their time may soon come.

The pool of players have been picked to prepare for Stage 3 of Oceania qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup - a quest that begins in just over a fortnight with a home match against OFC Nations Cup champions Tahiti at Lawson Tama Stadium.

Each player used by Solomon Islands in its own Nations Cup campaign has been recalled while the other training squad places are taken up by 17 new additions.

Further changes can be made during the Stage 3 tournament though and Moli is not ruling out that possibility.

Simply put, the doors to the national team are never closed because it is a dynamic unit that requires the right quality every time it plays,he says.

I encourage all our players to continue working hard because we never stop looking for talent.

Moli does feel however that himself and technical advisor Laurent Papillon have been able to name a strong group and that the right men have been selected at this stage.

We have been transparent and employed our better selves to name the players. I feel quite satisfied that we have not missed out anyone who should have been included, he says.

Stage 3 will consist of a round-robin home-and-away play-off series based on a league system and the winner will advance to the inter-continental play-off against the fourth-placed CONCACAF nation, scheduled to be held in November 2013, for a berth at Brazil 2014.

After opening their campaign against Tahiti, the Bonitos will then face New Zealand at Auckland's North Harbour Stadium on September 11 before hosting New Caledonia at Lawson Tama on October 12.

The year is then rounded off with a trip to Noumea to face New Caledonia again on October 16. Stage 3 will conclude for Solomon Islands with further matches next March against Tahiti and New Zealand.

Solomon Islands training squad for World Cup qualifiers

Goalkeepers: Felix RAY JNR (Western United), Shadrack RAMONI (Koloale), Leon FOX (Malaita Kingz), Phillip MANGO (Marist Fire), Samson KOTI (Kossa), Paul HUIA (Solomon Warriors)

Defenders: Hardies AENGARI (Solomon Warriors), Aleck WICKHAM (Western United), Tome FAISI (Solomon Warriors), Timothy JOE (Western United), Nelson SALE (Amicale, Vanuatu), Loni KARABA (Western United), Freddie KINI (Koloale), Joshua TUASULIA (Marist Fire), Emmanuel POILA (Solomon Warriors), Seni NGAVA (Kossa), Willie SHEM (Kossa), Willie LAMANI (Kossa)

Midfielders: Henry Jr FA'ARODO (Nelson, New Zealand), Mostyn BEUI (Koloale), Joses NAWO (Amicale, Vanuatu), Jeffery BULE (Solomon Warriors), Leslie NATE (Kossa), Jack WETNEY (Western United), Himson TELEDA (Western United), James NAKA (Rewa, Fiji)
Coleman MAKAU (Western United),Paul HIRI (Real Kakamora), Leonard ROKOTO (Western United)

Forwards: Joe LUWI (Western United), Abraham INIGA (Marist Fire), Benjamin TOTORI (Wellington Pheonix, New Zealand), Nicholas MURI (Real Kakamora), Harrison MALA (Kossa), Hudson FELANI (Kossa), Joachim WAROI (Solomon Warriors), Gagame FENI (Solomon Warriors), Jerry DONGA (Solomon Warriors), Ian PAIA (Koloale), Tutizama TANITO (Marist Fire)

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