3 Feb 2009

Solomon Islands Football says it will be competitive for Beach Football qualifiers

12:05 pm on 3 February 2009

The Solomon Island Football Association says its beach Football team will be tough competition at the Oceania FIFA Beach Football qualifiers to be held in Tahiti in July.

Its general secretary, Eddie Ngava says it's still putting together a team for the event in order to qualify for the World Cup match in Dubai.

He says its key national players have real competition on their hands because of new players competing for a place which he expects will see them through to the next stage.

"Amazingly and surprisingly we've had players coming up out of the blue and showing a lot of potential to fight for a place in the national team and the national players realising their place is not guaranteed a fact that our local league is competitive makes me believe that we will really have a strong team in the coming World cup campaign."

Eddie Ngava says it expects to finalise its national squad for the qualifying round by May.

Solomon Island has represented Oceania at the annual World Cup event three times.