That is if it wins in the OFC beach soccer championship 2013 which will kick off next week.
According to OFC media New Caledonia will play host to the OFC beach soccer championship 2013 as Oceania’s search for a second side to represent the region at next month’s FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Tahiti gets underway.
The OFC beach soccer championship will be held at the University of New Caledonia in Nouméa, from 31 August to 2 September.
With Tahiti having qualified as hosts of the World Cup, OFC has a second opportunity to impress in the discipline, with the final team to qualify set to be either four-time champions Solomon Islands, perennial runners-up Vanuatu or championship hosts New Caledonia.
The Bilikiki boys will play its first opening match against Vanuatu on 31st August.
The tournament will take the form of a round-robin championship where the team with the most points after the final day’s action will go on to join Netherlands, Argentina and El Salvador in Group B at the World Cup.
The draw was conducted yesterday at the OFC headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand by the OFC Secretariat and reveals the order of play as the three nations vie for their ticket to Tahiti.
Meanwhile reports reaching the paper said that a 14-member team had been named for the training squad.
One of the notable inclusion in the squad is Futsal star and Kurukuru goalie Anthony Talo.
He was drafted into the training team not as goalkeeper but as a defender.
Reports said throughout the training he has show impressive performance in defense.
Training is currently underway with the final selection to be made soon to announce final squad for the competition in Noumea.
The match schedule has been confirmed as follows (all local times):
Match Day 1 – Saturday 31 August, 3.30pm
New Caledonia - bye
Match Day 2 – Sunday 1 September, 2pm
Solomon Islands – bye
Match Day 3 – Monday 2 September, 12pm
Vanuatu - bye
By Moffat Mamu
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