FORMER international Batram Suri calls on the national men’s football team to start preparing ahead of the crucial home and away ties with Papua New Guinea.
Suri, who is now head coach at Ifira Black Birds in Vanuatu, told Star Sports an early preparation is a must for the national side as it’s just two months away.
“Early preparation is important. It would be good for the national team to start now ahead of the ties with PNG,” he said.
The former national forward has 18 international appearances and scored eight goals in the process as recognised by FIFA.
Currently it is off-season in the country’s football calendar and Suri said it is important to avoid last minute call ups of national players.
The national team will be under the watchful eyes of SIFF Technical director, Spaniard Felipe Alonso, and interim coach Moses Toata.
Asked if he is prepared to give a hand, Suri said:
“I will accept it and that’s a big call for me but I don’t think SIFF will consider it.”
He said for now he is committed to his engagement with Ifira Black Birds in the Port Vila Premiership.
The former professional footballer stated PNG has improved better than ever but believe Solomon Islands can still come out on top after the home and away ties.
Meanwhile, Tahiti moved three points clear at the top of Group B in OFC Stage 3 of 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Qualifying after defeating 10-man PNG 3-1 on Thursday.
Solomon Islands sits on second spot with 3 points and it is crucial going into the ties with PNG in June.
Another defeat for Flemming Serritslev and Co in the away leg with Tahiti will put them out of the race for top spot in Group B.
Solomon Islands will host PNG at home on June 9 and away in Lae City few days later.
By SIMON ABANA