The Solomon Islands national futsal team Kurukuru will travel this weekend Saturday 20th to play a series of international friendly matches against the Vietnam national futsal team on May 26th and May 27th in the capital city of Ho Chi Minh.
According to Kurukuru Head Coach Damon Shaw, the friendlies are part of the team’s preparations for the OFC Futsal Nations Cup in October, which serves as qualifiers for the 2024 FIFA Futsal World Cup next year.
In a press conference head coach Shaw said the friendlies will be a perfect opportunity for the team’s first real test, at the top level.
“We’ve lucky we got the chance now to go to Vietnam, a country that’s fifteen places above us in the ranking and they are a team that comprised of professional players – they’ve intense and got an Argentine World Champion coach Giustozzi Diego,” says Shaw.
“It’s going to be a test for the players and a test for me, but a perfect opportunity for us to show what we can do at the top level of futsal. We want to compete, that’s all.
Shaw adds that it will also be a good experience for the players because, after the end of the day, experience is what’s going to count.
“We’re trying to get the boys up to the level that we need for the OFC Nations Cup,” he said.