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Honiara chooses new executive

HFA’s annual congress took place on Sunday at the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) headquarters with a majority turn out from its 36 member clubs. Also part of the agenda was the financial and activity reports of the association.
When the votes were tallied, the results showed a landslide victory for the William Lai-led camp who took up every seat they were vying for. Lai, who is president of KOSSA Football Club, won by a huge margin against Toata Molea and the incumbent Robert Gerea who was looking for another term as president.
Elected vice president is local business man and president of Hana Football Club, Hudson Wakio. A former Solomon Islands international, Mahlon Houkaraua of Koloale, will take up the position of treasurer while the post of general secretary has gone to president of Sokamora Football Club and current national team manager Leonard Paia.
The new ordinary members are George Walenenea of Kukum Bombers Football Club, Dickson Anga of Sunbeam Football Club and Matai Vave of Naha Football Club. Vave is also a former Solomon Islands international.
The former HFA executive committee was voted in on July 2008, following a period where the association was run by a SIFF-appointed normalising committee.
Gerea took up the presidency then and Aloysio Ma’ahanoa, who is also the SIFF treasurer, was the general secretary. Kenneth Bulehite was the HFA treasurer and the ordinary members were Siosi Dioko, Lawrence Waihaho and Vincent Anisi.
HFA was established in 1956 and was a major organiser of football competitions in Solomon Islands until SIFF took over in 1999. HFA leagues in the 80s and 90s gathered a great following from the public with clubs like Rangers, Sunbeam, Kakamora and Police dominating the scene. More recent HFA competitions have not been as successful due to the association lacking its own premises.
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