SIFF DELEGATION SETTLE DOWN IN MOSCOW
Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) delegation to Russia have arrived safely in Moscow today ahead of the FIFA Congress.
The three-man delegation is headed by SIFF President William Lai, Malaita Football Association (MFA) President, Eddie Omokirio and Honiara Football Association (HFA) President, Bradley Alaha.
The trio who left the country on Saturday will also attend the OFC Congress where an Acting President is due to be elected.
President Lai said there are important decisions to be made during the two congresses.
“The FIFA congress is an annual event but this year it will take place in Russia due to the World Cup,” he said.
“OFC will also hold its congress. This is important because we all know that former OFC president has been forced to resign and FIFA demands OFC to make a replacement as soon as possible.
“Apparently, there are seven candidates vying for the post.
“Nomarlly it doesn’t happen that way. This situation only comes about due to the sudden resignation of David Chung in April”.
The SIFF delegation will also take part in the voting to determine host of the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
“However, we will also vote to determine the host of the 2026 World Cup during the FIFA Congress.
“Previously, the World Cup hosts are only determined by the FIFA executive but now it has changed where by the host will be decided by our votes,” Lai said.
Morocco is vying against a joint bid by Mexico, USA and Canada for the right to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.
MFA President and SIFF’s Vice President, Eddie Omokirio said the FIFA Congress is an opportunity to raise Solomon Islands’ football development aspirations.
“I am pleased with the opportunity to attend the OFC and FIFA Congress,” he said.
“We will make sure Solomon Islands is heard at the top level at the FIFA Congress”.
HFA President, Bradley Alaha shared the same
“I take this opportunity as an honour to represent Solomon Islands at the FIFA Congress,” he said.
“In my capacity as the HFA president I will also be presenting the football family in Honiara.
“To be part of the FIFA congress is a big achievement where it comes with a huge responsibility.
“Given the congress coincides with the World Cup, there is a good feeling of excitement that comes a lot with it”.
Apart from official duties, the trio will attend the opening ceremony of the Russia FIFA World Cup and watch the opener between hosts Russia and Saudi Arabia on Friday.
Photo: The trio during a press conference at the Allen Boso complex in Honiara.
OUR UNDER-16 TO TOUR JAPAN IN JULY
Solomon Islands national Under-16 coach Stanley Waita has named a provisional squad of 26 players ahead of a tour to Japan next month.
The young lads are preparing for the Oceania U-16 Championship in Honiara come September.
Currently there are 25 players already in Honiara while Malaita based defender Benedict Ferani is the only player yet to join the squad.
1. Gideon Suta (Henderson Eels)
2. Davidson Malam (Laugu United)
3. John Abari (Marist FC)
4. Derrick Taebo (Our Breeze)
5. Benbate Lamupio (Western U-16)
6. Leon Kofana (Henderson Eels)
7. Pattson Tongaka (Renbel U-16)
8. Javin Wae (KOSSA)
9. Edward Aulanga (Honiara U-16)
10. Stanford Clement (Solomon Warriors)
11. Fabio Pao (Western U-16)
12. Benedict Ferani (Malaita U-16)
13. Densly Gegeu (Guadalcanal U-16)
14. Hamilton Pao (Western U-16)
15. Jayjay Dalo’afu (Marist FC)
16. Clayton Menapa (West Honiara)
17. Maxwell Keana (Naha FC)
18. Richie Kwaimane (CY Strikers)
19. Alford Kanahanimae (West Honiara Royals)
20. Philip Ropa (Guadalcanal U-16)
21. Jones Manearea (Guadalcanal U-16)
22. Raphael Lea’ai (Marist)
23. Franstar Rukumana (Solomon Warriors)
24. Clenty Lamupio (Western U-16)
25. Steward Saru Kuanafia (Makuru FC)
26. Chris Satu (Makuru FC)
GALLERY | #OFCCL | Lupe Ole Soaga 1-3 Marist
OFC Champions League 2018, Lupe Ole Soaga v Marist FC
The teams come out to play. OFC Champions League 2018, Group D, Lupe Ole Soaga v Marist FC, Lawson Tama Stadium, Solomon Islands, Friday 2nd March 2018. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz
GALLERY | #OFCCL | Marist 1-1 Magenta
OFC Champions League 2018, Marist FC vs AS Magenta
The teams come out to play. OFC Champions League 2018, Group D, Marist FC vs AS Magenta, Lawson Tama Stadium, Solomon Islands, Tuesday 27th February 2018. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz
GALLERY | #OFCCL | Marist 1-1 Team Wellington
The teams come out to play. OFC Champions League 2018, Group D, Marist FC vs Team Wellington, Lawson Tama Stadium, Solomon Islands, Saturday 24th February 2018. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz
GALLERY | #OFCCL 2018 | Solomon Warriors 2-1 AS Dragon
OFC Champions League 2018. Group B. Solomon Warriors vs AS Dragon
OFC Champions League 2018. Group B. Solomon Warriors vs AS Dragon. Pater Stadium, Papeete, Tahiti. Photo by Massimo Colombini - OFC
GALLERY | #OFCCL 2018 | Solomon Warriors 6-1 AS Lossi
OFC Champions League 2018. Group B. Solomon Warriors vs AS Lossi.
OFC Champions League 2018. Group B. Solomon Warriors vs AS Lossi. Pater Stadium, Papeete, Tahiti. Photo by Massimo Colombini - OFC
GALLERY | #OFCCL 2018 | Erakor Golden Star 2-0 Solomon Warriors
Solomon Warriors take to the field.
OFC Champions League 2018. Groupe B. Erakor Golden Star vs Solomon Warriors.
GALLERY | FFA National Futsal Championships
GALLERY | WCQ Solomon Islands 2-2 New Zealand
WCQ | New Zealand Official Training Session
WCQ | Solomon Islands Official Training
WCQ | Preparing Lawson Tama Stadium
GALLERY | WCQ - NZLvSOL
The Solomon Islands during the national anthem. 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™ Qualifiers – OFC Stage 3 Finals, New Zealand v Solomon Islands, QBE Stadium Auckland, Friday 1st September 2017. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz