This is to formally advise you that the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Executive has made a decision to defer the U16 Youth Solomon Cup scheduled for April 6-18, 2020 until further notice. This is due to the global outbreak of the coronavirus which has been declared by the World Health Organisation as a global pandemic.

The SIFF Executive Committee regrettably made this decision after receiving professional advise from the Ministry of Health to defer the tournament as an intervention to reduce mass gatherings and reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.

Solomon Islands is yet to record a positive COVID-19 case but the country is been put on full alert as the deadly virus has now reached the shores of our neighbouring countries including Australia, New Zealand and Tahiti.

We will further advise you should the situation change.

In the meantime, we wish to pass on our sincere apologies for the inconvenienced this may have caused but we thank you for your kind understanding in taking these precautionary measures in prioritising the
health of our players and team officials from a possible outbreak of this deadly virus.

May our merciful Lord protect us and keep our country safe from this adversary.

SIFF Secretariate

Meanwhile the Tri-Nation international friendly matches involving the national teams of the Solomon Islands, Tahiti and Fiji  have been postponed by Fiji Football Association due to growing concern of likely spread of the coronavirus.

The Tri-Nation matches were scheduled to be played according to FIFA international dates on March 23 and 29.

Elsewhere, New Caledonia’s international friendly in Estonia scheduled to take place on March 27 was cancelled.