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Monday, November 19, 2007

Soccer: Solomon Islands' Premier DJ league goes global

HONIARA football league, the popular DJ League has been incorporated into the Oceania Football Confederation Website.

This revelation came in exactly one year after DJ League commenced under the sponsorship agreement signed between Honiara Football Association and local company, DJ Graphics Ltd.

A little over a week ago on Friday 2nd November 2007, Oceania Football Confederation Media Officer, Gordon Glen Watson sought the assistance of SIFF to provide coverage of the DJ League on the OFC website.

In a letter sent to the General Secretary of SIFF, Eddie Ngava, Watson raised the need for DJ League to be posted in the web for global readership.

“At present we do not receive regular updates and fixture changes on an ongoing basis, so can a fixture list and all results of DJ League matches be sent to OFC?”, Watson asked in his letter.

SIFF immediately forwarded the request to Impact Sports Marketing, a division of DJ Graphics Ltd, which manages the partnership programme of DJ League.

As project manager, I welcomed the rare opportunity. It is certainly an exposure and a big promotion for football, and as far as we are concerned the support that our sponsorship has been giving the youths of this country is recognised globally now.
SIFF Media Officer, Francis Pituvaka will be coordinating the reports whilst DJ Graphics Ltd will provide accompanying photographs.

I have already sent the DJ League logo and people now can log in through the OFC website to follow the competition in Honiara. Asking why is Oceania Football Confederation is interest in the DJ League growing? There are countless reasons.

First of all, Solomon Islands, under the regional Oceania Federation, is an affiliate of the FIFA family. A family always try to know about each other.

Secondly, football in Solomon Islands may have been providing a yardstick for the region’s development.

Thirdly, the passion of Solomon Islanders about their most popular sport may have been haunting the OFC website in the past, in as far as commentaries are concerned, and it is only fitting for OFC to give them regular updates.

Little by little and day by day, the 36 football teams of the DJ League will be churning out young football stars for the world to sample.

Already a growing number of Solomon Island players that have made their debuts in the local scene are scouted upon and whisked into the Australia and New Zealand leagues. Soon there will be talks to consider the Asian market, and eventually Europe.

With the recent successes of our national Beach Soccer team in the Oceania region, certainly it will cause people to probe into what is happening in Solomon Islands football, futsal and beach soccer codes.

In closing, DJ League is pointing out a direction that will move things forward faster and all stakeholders, especially those that are in the front-desk of power, be it legislative, spiritual or financial should seriously consider acting on this opportunity.

Corporate business houses should now be thinking seriously about venturing into such corporate sponsorship and marketing with the game of football as it certainly is a sport that is very mindful of standards and professionalism.

In doing so, we hope to provide Solomon islands with more satisfying life styles which is an important component of nation building.

This is why DJ League is seen to be a plantation of good leaders. And this could be the vital reason why the Oceania Football Confederation is so interested in our football.

Source: Solomon Star

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