BY JOHN HOUANIHAU
ALDEN Suri has been included in the Solomon Islands squad for their upcoming OFC Under-19 Championship which acts as a qualifier for next year’s 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup™ in Indonesia.
The forward has now been called upon by the Solomon Islands Football Federation to perform his international duties under the watchful eye of Allen Jerry, Solomon Islands Under-19 Head Coach.
Notably, Alden, 18, will make his 5th appearance for the Solomon Islands Youth National Football Team. He has represented the Solomon Islands in previous youth-level regional and international competitive actions since representing the country in U12, U14, and U16 regional football competitions.
Alden was also selected for the Solomon Islands Under-17 football team that participated in the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019.
The son of the Solomon Islands’ former professional footballer and striker; and now head coach of the Solomon Islands women’s national football team, Alden will join the country’s U19 team as they will participate in the upcoming 2022 Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Under-19 Championship in Tahiti from 7-21 September.
Arden told RAW SPORTS that he is ready and overly excited to team up with other talented footballers in the country for the upcoming 2022 OFC Under-19 Championship.
“I am happy to be called up to come and train to represent my country in the OFC U-19 World Cup qualifiers.
“I always like to play for the Solomon Islands and as I said I’ll do everything in my soccer carrier to help Solomon football achieve future goals,’’ said a young talented striker.
Alden is currently undergoing academic studies at the Scots College School, Wellington in New Zealand. He also won a golden boot award and trophy with the Scots College School football team.
He’s a bright young player and his experience will further harness his development in football and academics.
This year, he made his debut for Petone FC in the Central League, North Island, New Zealand.
The Central League is an amateur status league competition run by Capital Football for Association football clubs located in the southern and central parts of the North Island, New Zealand.
The Central League has acted as a qualifier league to the New Zealand Men’s National League, the men’s football league at the top of the New Zealand football league system.