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NSL receives congressional blessing

The National Soccer League (NSL) was proposed to the SIFF Congress amongst other resolutions formed from the 2-day pre-congress workshops held in Honiara.
The acceptance by the Congress of the NSL now enables SIFF to move forward with the plan to begin what is anticipated to become Solomon Island’s premier football competition bringing together 8 clubs from its 10 PFAs.
SIFF General Secretary, Eddie Ngava, is very pleased with the development and says that the Secretariat will actively pursue the kicking off of the NSL within this month.
“The Secretariat has been awaiting this decision from the congress and with this approval we can get back to interested franchise owners; consortiums; business houses and the clubs who are interested and we can kick off the NSL,” Ngava said.
Ngava also announced that the NSL workshop will be held as early as next week for franchises/ owners of clubs that are interested.
Expressions of interest forms are available for collection from the SIFF office at Ranadi for franchise clubs who are looking to compete in the inaugural NSL competition.
Recently, the number of franchise clubs taking part in the NSL has been increased to eight (8), to be in line with requirements in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) O-League regulations for the coming season.
This is good news for the PFAs who now have additional spaces to share around.
The biggest concern for SIFF, however, is the eligibility for clubs to take part in the NSL with the legal requirements already appearing to be an issue for most clubs in the Solomon Islands.
Ngava explained that SIFF also looks at the NSL from a development point of view saying that franchise clubs who want to be part of the NSL must comply with the regulations.
“Franchise clubs who think of joining the NSL must step up to the NSL standard. Do not expect NSL to step down, this is our very first professional competition and it must be done right from the first go,” Ngava said.
The NSL workshop is expected to bring further exchange of information between participating franchise clubs and the NSL Management Committee so that the kick start is done with fair understanding from all stakeholders.