Solomon Islands - June 19, 2020 09:20The adventure of Elliot Ragomo in Brazilian professional futsalReport from Solomon IslandsCourtesy: Oceania Football Center Blog

by Rafael Saltori

18 de June de 2020

Solomon Islands are impressive when it comes to futsal – the Kurukuru have already taken part in three FIFA Futsal World Cups and will travel to Lithuania in 2021 to represent OFC at the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Cup, where they will play in the fourth consecutive competition at world level.

With Elliot Ragomo as captain, Solomon Islands outdid New Zealand on penalties at the last OFC Futsal Nations Cup 2019, securing another place in the world’s premier futsal tournament. Ragomo is one of the most famous player of Solomon Islands’ futsal – his performances and history in the sport prove why he captains the Kurukuru being also constantly praised in Oceania.

In 2016 Ragomo and his compatriot George Stevenson travelled to Brazil for a trial period with the professional club Minas Tênis Clube – a club that plays at the highest level of futsal in the South American country. In the following year Elliot Ragomo returned to Brazil, this time to integrate the senior team of the Minas Tênis Clube.

“It is fantastic to be with these players, play futsal, train with eles, all of this is a great achievement for me. As a player from Solomon Islands, I’ve always dreamed to be here with these world class players,” said Ragomo to Minas Tênis Clube website in 2017.

Ragomo was part of the team that played in the Liga Nacional de Futsal – the highest level of futsal in Brazil – but he did not participate in any matches. Ragomo’s stay at the Minas Tênis Clube was mostly part of an exchange programme, but for one Solomon Islander it was definitely something big: he was involved with a club playing in one of the best futsal leagues in the world, from a country that invented the game of futsal.

Ragomo was emotional when talked to Oceania Football Confederation about his achievement: “Even though I am very far away from home, I still remember one thing very clearly and that is I am from Solomon Islands and this is my country,” he said. “I would like to dedicate this achievement to my people and every kid back in the Solomon Islands.”

The player received many praise from local and regional media during that period; as for Solomon Star News, Loop PNG and OFC – indeed a remarkable moment for Solomon Islands and Oceania sport.

Ragomo is now back to his country, helping Marist FC to win the SIPA Futsal Championship earlier this year before leading Solomon Islands to another regional success at the OFC Nations Cup. Ragomo and his teammates will certainly be doing their best to continue flying the Solomon Islands flag at the 2021 FIFA Futsal World Championship in Lithuania.

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