Kurukuru lost opening match, faces uphill battle

Solomon Islands national futsal team, Kurukuru faces an uphill climb at the FIFA Futsal World Cup after they lost their opening match to the CONCACAF champions Costa Rica 4-2 yesterday.

The team’s aim is to advance to the second stage but it will take extra efforts to fulfill their aim.

To keep their hopes alive for the second stage of the competition they must win both their remaining matches.

However the two remaining matches will be up against two teams which are ranked in the top ten teams in the world, Argentina and Kazakhstan.

Despite the defeat Kurukuru coach, Juliano Schmeling is proud of his players.

“Keep your heads up, I’m proud of you.

“You have represented your country well.

“We all make mistakes and it was unfortunate we lost.

“Despite the result today you showed that Kurukuru can compete at this stage despite not having a proper futsal court back home.

“Keep your heads up,” Juliano Schmeling told his players after the match yesterday.

The results didn’t go in the Solomon Islands futsal team’s favour, but the battle lasted until the final whistle, with the Kurukuru squeezing in two goals to close the gap somewhat.

Team captain, Elliot Ragomo and Jeffery Bule scored the only two goals for the home-side.

Ragomo scored the first goal from a penalty and a neat combination between Alvin Hou and Jeffrey Bule saw Kurukuru pull one back in the last minute but the final whistle blew before they could catch their opponents.

Kurukuru will take on Argentina in there next match of pool play tomorrow September 15, before facing off against Kazakhstan on September 18.

Source: Solomon Star/Solomon Today Post

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