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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Solomon Islands to host first ever Wantok Cup

Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) yesterday named a training squad for the upcoming Wan Tok Cup from July 1 to 7 in Honiara.

This is a tournament between Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands.

SIFF General Secretary Eddie Ngava said he is hopeful the first Wantok Cup will become an annual event. "I'm hoping this is the start of regular competition between Melanesian soccer teams.

"We hope this will be the inaugural start of the Wantok Cup when each of the three countries will be having a competition on each of their countries independence days," he told Radio Australia Sport.

"We are hosting the first one here and then at the end of July hopefully going to Vanuatu to help with their celebrations, and then in September, to Papua New Guinea for their independence celebrations."

The three national teams will compete for The Wantok Cup on Jul 3, 5 and 7. Players for the training squad were selected from the Honiara Football Association DJ League, Top 8 and the recent National Club championship.

Those in the squad are asked to attend a meeting at the SIFF Academy 4.30pm today.
This is to explain the strategic plans for training the squad. Besides the players, SIFF also identified four coaches. They are: Luke Eroi, Masuaku Valere, Jacob Moli and Moses Toata.

Source: Solomon star

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