Venue problem postpone futsal league

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BY ROMULUS HUTA

THE national futsal league has been postponed for Tuesday next week.

Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) Futsal Development Officer Jerry Sam confirmed yesterday.

The league, which is being funded by the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA) is supposed to kick off in Honiara today with the first three matches.

However, due to venue problem, the league will be postponed for next week, Tuesday April 10.

Being multipurpose hall the only futsal playing venue in Honiara, Sam was informed by Honiara City Council (HCC) this week that the venue is hired by the Solomon Islands Volleyball Federation (SIVF) for use today and tomorrow for the national easter volleyball championship.

Sam said they have no other alternative but had to resort to rescheduling the league’s kick off for next week.

Meanwhile, a total of 12 teams have been registered to take part in the league.

The competing teams are Marist, KOSSA, Koloale, Vania, G-Camp, Mataks, National under-17, Guntimak, Real Kakamora, Henderson Eels, Cool Line and Indo-Solo.

The league is expected to see flare of skills being displayed during the matches.

National futsal captain Elliott Ragomo will also be featuring for Marist alongside his fellow Kurukuru members such as Alwin Ray, Alwin Hou, Jeffery Bule and goalkeeper Anthony Talo.

Ragomo spent last season playing in the top flight Brazilian professional futsal league with Minas Tenis Futsal Clube of Belo Horizonte until his return to the country at the end of the season.

The injection of inspirational Ragomo is expected to bolster the Honiara outfit.

The national under-17 who are preparing for this year’s Youth Olympic Games taking place later this year in Buenos Aires, Argentina is one of the teams to watch in the league as their line-up features futsal latest prodigy Raphael Le’ai leading them in the attack upfront.

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