Australian expertise aids Vanuatu

Vanuatu's national futsal team will be drawing on the expertise of an Australian duo to help them in their bid for dominance at the 2016 OFC Futsal Championship which kicks off next week

Joshua Smith and Raff Frisina have been invited to assist head coach Louis Dominique and are already sharing their extensive knowledge of the five-a-side game with their Ni-Vanuatu colleagues.

"I thank Vanuatu Football Federation and especially the futsal department under the leadership of Louis Dominique who have accepted me as the team's technical advisor along with my friend Raff," Smith says.

"After just one week of training I can see that the boys are ready but we still need more friendly matches to see if we can play as a team. There is still more to do and we must work extra hard before flying out to Fiji this week."

Smith says with five players returning to the squad from previous OFC Futsal competitions, he's confident the team has the experienced required to line up well against some strong opponents.

"Technical preparation is important, but it is also important to focus on the mindset, temperament, how the players perceive things, and the attitude of the team."

Smith is an AFC B Licence accredited coach who leads the Port Adelaide Lions reserves team. He was a member of the Dural Warriors side for eight years and was also a member of the New South Wales futsal team.

Frisina is the current futsal director with Adelaide Fusion Futsal club and has previously played in the South Australian State team at the national championships.

Vanuatu will open their 2016 OFC Futsal Championship campaign against New Zealand at 5.30pm on 8 February at Vodafone Arena in Fiji.