Kurukuru head coach Vinicius Leiti is upbeat despite the teams 7-5 loss in its final friendly against Gold Coast Force.
"They are improving each day and Alex and I are happy with their progress so far."
He says the purpose of this training camp is to introduce new attacking patterns to Kurukuru’s game to be applied in games.
"We are introducing a new style of play, with more structured and supported plays so we can be more effective in attack.
"The games/friendlies have been a great way for me to assess each individual player and the team as a whole in a competitive environment. Also, I was able to test different player combinations to try and reach the best balance so when we make subs, we don’t drop the standard," said the head coach.
He says the games were about testing the mental strength of KuruKuru and each and every individual KuruKuru player.
The physical endurance training since their arrival in Australia was to purposely drain their physical strength down to only 30%-40% before games so they could keep a high level of concentration throughout the game.
"Today’s game was the toughest and it against one of the best teams in Australia. They have been together for about 3 years and have built an amazing chemistry in between the players and that is what we are also trying to build.
"We are rebuilding the Kurukuru squad by keeping some players from the previous FIFA World Cup and adding new blood to slowly mix up experience with youth.
"This would have had to happen soon as the Gold Generation is getting old and some players have moved on with their lives and have their priorities changed."
The head coach says that he wants to send a statement that it is not just about being talented but it is also about commitment to the team and to the project.
"We want to send a message to the next generation of Kurukuru players that adherence, attendance and hard work to the program is vital to the success of the team.
We learned a big lesson today that it is not about the status you carry ( National team or club team ) but it is about how well you prepare and that involves, time, quality of program, intensity, consistency, frequency and exposure to high level games. All of these is what Kurukuru needs and SIFF has understood the message and are investing like never before in the team so they can have the best preparation ever."
He says this is just the beginning of a great journey for all of us. The future looks bright.
"Thank you for all the support given us so far and we will make you all proud."