Prime Minister Hon Manasseh Sogavare and the staff of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet this morning wished the national futsal team, Kurukuru, well as they departed the country later in the day for the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016 in Colombia.
The Kurukuru boys together with their Coach, Mr Juliano Schmeling, Team Manager and Chaplain, Pastor Nacanieli Seru and Physiotherapist, Mr Charles Ghauba joined Prime Minister Sogavare and the staff of the Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet for their daily morning devotion and thereafter were offered words of encouragement by the Prime Minister.
Addressing the futsal team, Prime Minister Sogavare encouraged them to be ‘good ambassadors’ of Solomon Islands by playing their utmost best during their mission in representing the country in Colombia during the FIFA Futsal World Cup tournament and all friendly matches they play on their way to Columbia.
In response, the Kurukuru Team Manager and Chaplain, Pastor Seru said, “We just want to let you know that we are ready to take on the challenge. Our goal is to go to the Second Round.”
He said this would not be an easy task hence his humble request for all Solomon Islanders to stand with the Kurukuru team in their prayers.
Pastor Seru said one of the best futsal players in the world had remarked after watching the Kurukuru boys play in their first FIFA Futsal Cup tournament appearance in Brazil that ‘these boys if they stick together for another four to eight years, the world will have to watch out’ and he (Pastor Seru) is looking forward for the fulfilment of these words.
He said despite losing all their games in Brazil, they boys won the hearts of the spectators for the way the conducted themselves on and off the court.
Pastor Seru said with the experience the boys gained over the past years and their passion for futsal and God, he is confident for a positive outcome at the FIFA Futsal World Cup 2016.