Honiara Football Association (HFA) Administrator, Siosi Dioko, has brought widespread relief to Solomon Islands football fans by announcing a confirmed kick off date for the 2009 HFA DJ League Premier Division.
The flagship competition of Solomon Islands football will start this Saturday 5 September.
The start of the HFA DJ Premier League was delayed by the Lawson Tama Turf Management team to allow the pitch adequate time to recover following the Our Telekom National Club Championship tournament held in June. Heavy rain during the tournament had caused damage to certain patches of the playing field.
There has been only one change from the Premier Division 2008 club line-up. Junior Flamingo are the new boys on the scene after winning the HFA DJ League First Division and gaining promotion.
The promotion of a new team in the premier division will bring added flare and excitement to the competition. Junior Flamingo has been one of the success stories of Solomon Islands football. Dominated by young players, it has managed to hold its own against Premier League clubs in both the relegation play-offs and the HFA Minor Championship. One of the most prolific strikers in Solomon Islands, Joses Nawo, originally found his fame as a Junior Flamingo player.
Laugu United, who represented Solomon Islands in the 2003 OFC Club Championship, have been relegated to Division One after a failing to win any of their matches in 2008. The club has now reassumed under its original name, Blue Boys.
DJ League heavyweights Marist, Koloale, KOSSA, and Makuru have enjoyed a monopoly on Solomon Islands O-League qualification.
Divisions One and Two commenced competition earlier this month.
HFA Premier Division League Clubs
1. Makuru FC
2. Koloale FC
3. Uncles FC
4. Naha FC
5. Marist FC (2009/10 O-League Representative)
6. KOSSA FC
7. Rangers FC
8. Zome Mars
10. K1 United
11. Hana FC
12. Junior Flamingo FC
Courtesy of SIFF Media