Sport: Ex coach says Tiki Toa failed to capitalise on World Cup

11:43 am on 22 May 2015

The former Tahiti beach soccer coach says the team has failed to capitalise on their success at the last World Cup.

Angelo Schirinzi guided the Tiki Toa to a fourth place finish at the 2013 tournament in Papeete, which was played in front of packed home crowds.

He was back in Tahiti this month in his role as player-coach with the Swiss national team, who won both matches played at the weekend.

Angelo Schirinzi says the Tiki Toa haven't progressed since the last World Cup.

"Unfortunately not because after the World Cup they were forced from the federation to go back to football and play the O-League so they missed a little bit to train and in the last two years they have not many matches. This is a little bit disappointing. At the other hand, they are now together and with this training camp, with the Swiss team, they started to train recently and maybe in the next two months they can improve what they learnt in the last two years and maybe get in a good shape".

Angelo Schirinzi says, despite starting behind the eight ball, Tahiti will still be a threat at the World Cup in July.

Tahiti thank their home fans at the 2013 Beach Soccer World Cup in Papeete

Tahiti thank their home fans at the 2013 Beach Soccer World Cup in Papeete Photo: AFP