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SOLOMON ISLANDS – SIFF TO ASSIST TSUNAMI VICTIMS

The SIFF executive has endorsed that 10 percent of all monies collected from its competitions will go towards tsunami victims in both Western and Choiseul Provinces.

This was revealed this morning by SIFF General Secretary Eddie Ngava (pictured) during a meeting with the local organizing committee responsible for organizing the upcoming Telekom National Clubs Championship later this month.

Ngava’s revelation came amidst concerns being raised by certain members of the public who would like to know if SIFF is doing something to raise money for the tsunami victims.

The SIFF general secretary stresses that SIFF is committed to this cause will give the 10 percent of monies raised through gate takings to the tsunami victims.

Sixteen referees from the provinces and Honiara will participate in the English FA course when it begins this Friday in Honiara.

SIFF Development officer, Noel Wagapu says he has advised all provincial football associations that each of them is required to send one participant.

The course is being organised under the OFC/FA Co-operation and the key resource person is John Baker – FIFA Instructor and former head of refereeing in the FA.

He will be assisted in the program by OFC’s technical director Jim Selby and Ian Blanchard of the FA

Meanwhile, participants have begun arriving in Honiara ahead of the opening day for this program.

It is anticipated the rest of the participants will arrived before the end of the week and will be camped at the SIFF Academy.

The Solomon Islands Football Federation is calling on the provincial football associations that have identified their champion clubs for the Telekom National Clubs Championship to confirm their participation to the SIFF Secretariat soon.

Chief coordinator of the competition and SIFF Development officer, Noel Wagapu says that with barely two weeks left before the competition starts, it is important that football associations respond to this call from the federation.

At least four associations have confirmed their participation.

They include Lauru (Senga FC), Guadalcanal (Paritasi FC), Malaita (Auki Kingz FC) and Central Shields Football Association (Northern Warriors).

Others that have yet to confirm their participation include Isabel, Temotu, Makira Ulawa, Renbel and Western Football Association.

Honiara will enter three top clubs from its current competition to participate in this Telekom NCC.

Meanwhile, the local organization committee met for the first time this morning and discussed at length a range of issues including the sponsorship by the country’s leading communications company- Solomon Telekom `Our Telekom’.

With Our Telekom taking over as the major sponsor for this national competition, all products including sinage behind the two goals will have their logo.

Telekom and SIFF early this year, entered into a lucrative deal which will see the telecommunications company pouring in money for all national competitions.

Our Telekom will also take care of the senior men’s national soccer team from preparation to competition.

Parents of Solomon Katukatu Under 12 teams that represented the country in Fiji (2006) and Papua New Guinea recently are being urged to attend a meeting this Thursday at 4.30 pm at the SIFF Academy.

Interim spokesman, Gordon Siluvu says the purpose for this meeting is to gauge parents’ views on the proposal to set up a fundraising committee to raise funds to send at least two teams to participate in an international soccer competiton at Gold Coast in Australian in September.

He says from the meeting, it should be known if parents would like to give their children another opportunity to participate in an international competition whilst at the same time gain invaluable exposure which in the long run will put them in good stead when they reach Under 17.

Siluvu stresses that it will cost parents their money and precious time but this is done for a worthwhile cause.

“If you’re a parent who is concern about your child’s future then surely you would not want to see this great opportunity slip away,” he adds.

The Solomon Islands finished fourth in both competitions and Siluvu believes with proper preparation, the boys prosper.

Meanwhile, all those in the training squad that represented Solomon Islands in both Fiji and PNG are urged to attend training on Thursday.

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