24 Sep 2013

Sport: Solomon Islands back themselves to qualify for Beach Soccer playoffs

10:25 am on 24 September 2013

The Solomon Islands coach Gideon Omikirio is confident his team can rise to the occasion in their final group match at the Beach Soccer World Cup against El Salvador.

The match is effectively a knock-out game with the Bilikiki needing to win to advance to the quarter finals for the first time.

They opened the tournament with a win against the Netherlands but lost to Argentina in their second match.

Gideon Omikirio says spirits remain high in the camp.

"We've realised that we've lost a bit of concentration. We are working on that and we have watched El Salvador. I'm confident that we will do better, especially in the camp spirit is still high and the boys have regrouped. We've been trying to practice some situations and I'm confident we will do better tomorrow against El Salvador."

Meanwhile hosts Tahiti complete their group phase on Monday evening local time against Spain, having already booked their place in the second round.