25 Mar 2013

Sport: Solomons and NZ name weakened squads for football qualifier

11:41 am on 25 March 2013

Solomon Islands football coach Jacob Moli has named an 18-man squad to face New Zealand in Tuesday's Oceania World Cup Qualifying match in Honiara.

The match is a dead rubber, after the All Whites beat New Caledonia 2-1 on Friday to advance to the intercontinental playoff against the fourth ranked team from the CONCACAF confederation.

Bonitos coach Jacob Moli, who wasn't involved in the team's 2-0 defeat in Tahiti at the weekend, has named 16 local based players in the squad while national captain Henry Fa'arodo and Wellington Phoenix striker Benjamin Totori will also link up with the team from New Zealand.

Seven players in the squad are looking to make their international debut, including futsal international Coleman Maka while Nelson Sale and Joses have refused a call-up, citing unpaid allowances and non-inclusion in the squad for the Tahiti away game.

All Solomon Warriors players named in the training squad have also been excluded from the final team at the request of their club.

Meanwhile New Zealand have also sent a weakened team to Honiara, with eight players from the win over New Caledonia being released back to their club teams.