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Argentina keen to assist

The Argentina government through its foreign affair ministry is willing to assist the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) in its football aspirations.

This was confirmed today by Ambassador-Designate of the Argentine Republic to Solomon Islands H.E Mr. Hugo Javier Gobbi during a courtesy meeting with the president of SIFF, William Lai in Honiara.

The meeting was to discuss soccer development opportunities between Solomon Islands and Argentina.

Main points of discussion was based on the preparation of the national U-16 football team prior to the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Peru next year and playing opportunity in Argentina.

Mr Gobbi assured SIFF, Argentina is willing offer help to Solomon Islands as both countries are footballing nations.

He proposed his office will be working hard to give opportunities to potential young Solomon Island players in Argentina.

“We really want to develop some sort of cooperation to see two boys to go over to Argentina to play soccer, training and that could be an incredible experience”, the Argentine ambassador said.

“If the players are very good they might earn a living for their family and contribute to the development of Solomon Islands.

“Even if they can’t make it they will experience a different level of football which is a lifetime experience.

“I will be looking at clubs in Argentina who could be interested in our plan.”

Ambassador Gobbi said they have taken notice of Solomon Islands progress in football as one of the best in Oceania.

As agreed by both leaders, a plan to send the Solomon Islands national U-16 team to spend a week in Argentina prior to Peru is realistic.

“It would be our pleasure to have the national team in Argentina in preparation for the World Cup in Peru”, Mr Gobbi assured SIFF.

“We have some of the top facilities in Argentina with some of the best clubs so it would be great if the Solomon team train their before heading to Lima.

“It’s a good opportunity for the players to expose to South American football and I will transmit the message to Buenos Aires to see this idea become a reality.”

SIFF president, William Lai said the national body is pleased to receive the Argentine ambassador.

“I think we are so privileged to have you ambassador visiting us apart from your diplomatic visit to our country”, Lai said.

“I believe it’s because of our football that you paid us this courtesy visit.

“We want to thank you for offering us how your country would like to assist football in Solomon Islands and we’re looking forward to see the relationship bear fruits soon.”

The Ambassador-Designate of the Argentine Republic to Solomon Islands is here in the country to present his credentials to the government in Honiara.

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