Bilikiki has nine more days left in the country before leaving Saturday next week, bound for Brazil.This will be their second appearance at the Beach Soccer World Cup and, for the first time, come up against the host champions, Brazil, in their first game in pool A.
Team Manager, Reuben Oimae, spoke with optimism on Bilikiki's preparations after the SPG in Samoa. "So far the training has been very good and things are looking bright especially for our first game against Brazil, which is what our boys have been training hard out for in the mornings and evenings Gideon and Henry Koto have put a lot of effort in this team," says Reuben.
Reuben highlights that Brazil will be a very tough game as they are arguably the world's best when it comes to soccer. "The Brazilians will be expecting to win but not without a good fight, we will play them as if it's the finals," says Reuben.
Skipper and national defender, Gideon Omokirio, sees this match as a dream date. "Giddy has played and represented Solomon Islands in the 11 man game and to play Brazil seemed impossible had it not been for beach soccer. Giddy will captain the team against Brazil and I am sure it will be an honour for him, something he may never forget," says Reuben.
The Bilikiki Team will leave on Saturday the 27th, transiting through Brisbane, Auckland, Santiago and then Rio. SIFF will meet all necessary travel and accommodation expenses prior to the Beach Soccer World Cup.
Bilikiki is in group A, pooled alongside host champions, Brazil, Mexico and Russia.