25 Apr 2017

Sport: Futsal complex to make things 'easier' for Solomons players

11:26 am on 25 April 2017

Solomon Islands are being backed to take their futsal game to another level once a long-awaited purpose-built venue is completed in Honiara.

The five time defending Oceania champions have competed at the past three World Cups, despite not having a proper indoor facility.

The Solomon Islands Football Federation signed a contract in October with the government and FIFA to build the stadium in Honiara.

The project was meant to start in November but has been plagued by ongoing delays.

The Solomon Islands Futsal team celebrate the 5-0 victory over Fiji and a 2016 OFC Championship.

The Solomon Islands celebrate winning the 2016 OFC Championship. Photo: OFC

Oceania Football's Futsal Development Officer, Paul Toohey, said competition was the key to success in all forms of football.

He believed the Kurukuru could kick on to even greater success once they have the facilities to match their talent.

"For sure it's a priority for them. I think the team's done really well under difficult circumstances," he said.

"There's still some leagues carrying at the multi-purpose hall - there was a really good competition over the Easter break - but getting that court built is a high priority.

"Meanwhile they continue to train in outdoor on concrete pads and that kind of thing," he said.

"It's tough for the players but once they go into the indoor arena after having played in the tougher outdoor environments it can be a little bit easier for them.

"But hopefully we will see that court this year. It's frustrating that it's taking so long but I think in the end it will get done and hopefully we will see it this year."

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