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Thursday, September 07, 2006

Central Bank Governor congratulates victorius Bilikiki Soccer boys

By Francis Pituvaka

Governor of Central Bank, Rick Hou has joined others in congratulating the Bilikiki Beach soccer team for qualifying for the FIFA Beach Soccer tournament in Rio, Brazil.

In a fax message addressed to the SIFF president Mr. Martin Alufurai, he says he was proud and delighted by the news of the Bilikiki team going through to represent the Oceania region in Brazil.

"...yes it maybe a fairytale, but it goes to prove that for Solomon Islands soccer, nothing is unachievable.

"We in the bank congratulate the Bilikiki Beach Soccer Team management, Vivian and Eddie, and off course the team members. They have indeed done us all proud. They have taken Solomon Islands soccer to a new level on the global football map."

He also expresses his gratitude to the Solomon Islands Under 20 team for being excellent ambassadors when they visited PNG recently.

"I should also add that the win by our Under 20 Mamula team is also worthy of admiration. I am proud of our kids being excellent ambassadors for our country," he adds.

Meanwhile, the Central Bank Governor also extends his personal congratulation to the SIFF president, executive and staff for this fine achievement.

"I believe what is happening has to do with what the leadership is about. I also passionately believe that the prospects for Solomon Islanders to excel in soccer are very promising. So keep up that good work, once again congratulations," says Mr. Hou.

In another-related news, former Vanuatu Senior national team captain, Noel Nono Vari has also congratulated the Solomon Bilikiki team for their achievement.

Solomon Islands Beach Soccer team has been drawn into Group C, together with Portugal, Uruguay and an African country for the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup in Brazil in November.

The draw has pitted Solomon Islands against two of the best soccer playing nations in the World however this will not intimidate the boys from the pacific who will participate in the world stage for the first time.

World cup soccer had produced many upsets in the past and history can repeat itself again in this upcoming competition scheduled to take place at Copacabana beach, Rio de Janeiro-Brazil between 2 and 12 November 2006.

Source: SIFF

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