The Solomon Islands U-14 national futsal team, Junior Kurukuru made a positive start to their FFA National Futsal Championship campaign after notching their first win in their opening matches at ANU sports centre, Australia today.
Junior Kurukuru caused the first upset for a very determined NSW Metro Lighting side 4-3 win to register their first of their debut.
Grayham Aneka slotted in 2 gaols while Jr Michael and Tony Anifiti scored one each.
Their next game will be against Foitball SA Blue.
The country’s Junior Kurukuru are currently in Australia to compete in the FFA National Futsal Championship in Canberra.
The team is led by Solomon Islands Sports Coalition (SISC) president, Nathanial Seru, SIFF Futsal & Beach Soccer Development Officer, Dickson Kadau and coach Caleb Fox.
Caleb Fox stressed that he has huge confidence his young lads have what it take to win the title in the Australian capital.
“We have been working hard for this tournament and I am confident my boys will compete against best state teams in our category,” he told the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) media before their departure to Australia last week, Friday 10.
“This team consists of most players coming through our development programme over the years.
“Most of my boys played in the past championship with the national U-12 so we have the experience to do well.”
Team Manager Seru highlights that this team is a testament to futsal development in the country.
“The development of the sport continues until today, and the team’s participation comes out as a result of it.
“If the country focuses on the adults and forgets about the development work in the game for these young ones, I think if it might go the same way as other sport like beach soccer where we used to be up there but not anymore,” he said.
The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) met the traveling expenses including airfare and visa for the team. The Junior Kurukuru U14s are in Group B of the AFF National Futsal Championship with Capital Football, New South Wales Metro Lighting, Football SA Blue and Football West Black Swans.