30 Aug 2013

Sport: Teams happy with quick turnaround for beach soccer qualifier

10:56 am on 30 August 2013

The Solomon Islands beach soccer team say delays in the staging of the Oceania Championship could end up working in their favour.

The event was originally scheduled to take place in Papeete in the first week of August.

The tournament will now kick off this Saturday in Noumea, with Vanuatu and New Caledonia vying with the Solomons for the final berth at next month's World Cup in Tahiti.

The Bilikiki coach Gideon Omokirio says they view the short space of time between the two events as a blessing in disguise.

"Because as soon as we finish qualifying, we went straight into the World Cup so whichever team that qualifies for the World Cup it's a positive thing because they transfer from another competition to a much bigger one. It's a good arrangement."

Gideon Omokirio.

The winner of the Oceania qualifier will go on to join Netherlands, Argentina and El Salvador in Group B at the World Cup.