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Upbeat start for TSL

Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) General Secretary, Eddie Ngava, says that SIFF is pleased about getting the Telekom S-League (TSL) underway.
“SIFF has achieved something important with the kick off of the Telekom S-League and we are pleased with this. The bigger challenge of course will be the continuous organisation of the league because this is no simple undertaking but we will get there,” Ngava says.
Telekom S-League matches kicked off on Saturday with the first 2 matches which were followed on Sunday by another double fixture to complete the first round of matches and yesterday afternoon the second round opened with the match between Marist Fire and Real Kakamora.
Fifty-four matches still remain to be played in the Telekom S-League league series which is expected to be completed by the first week of May at the latest and after that the TSL championship will immediately kick off.
The development of the TSL was one of the priority objectives of the SIFF executive committee and they were hands on in the original formation through a series of meetings and workshops they held in 2010 to turn the dream for the country’s first national football league into a reality so the success of the weekend was good news to them.
SIFF President, Martin Alufurai, says that his committee has been energised by the successful start of the TSL after months of hard work were put into its preparation.
“Finally Solomon Islands has its own national football league and this is indeed a proud moment for all of us. This is a giant leap which will bring many great things for football in the country,” says Alufurai.
Alufurai’s comments highlighted a renewed perspective at the high levels of football in the Solomon Islands with a new push for strengthening clubs so that a strong player development structure can be established and the S-League is being viewed as the central force that will pull all these objectives together.
SIFF has committed itself to creating programs that will cater for technical development for the clubs under the four pillars of football which are: administration, sports medicine, coaching and refereeing.
Ngava says that by channelling development efforts through the four pillars, overall football objectives can be simplified and easily achieved.
“I think the S-League allows us to go from macro to micro with football. By strengthening clubs we can meet our overall goals,” Ngava explains.
While the overall success of the TSL remains to be seen positive signs are already being shown especially with the expression of interests from provinces who want to be a part of the biggest football competition in the country.

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