PRIME Minister Rick Houenipwela has congratulated the Under-16 national football team management and players for creating history to qualify for the Under 17 World Cup in Peru next year.
Prime Minister Houenipwela, Speaker of Parliament Ajilon Nasiu, Opposition Leader Manasseh Maelanga, Home Affairs Minister Ishmael Avui (responsible for sports), Mines Minister Bradley Tovosia, Lands Minister Andrew Manepora, and Opposition backbenchers were at Lawson Tama on Wednesday to witness the historic moment when Solomon Islands beat Fiji in the semi-finals by 3-1.
The victory is a history as this is the first time Solomon Islands has qualified for the World Cup in the 11 aside code.
Prime Minister Houenipwela, Speaker of Parliament, the Opposition Leader, Cabinet Ministers and Opposition backbenchers walked down to the pitch after the match and personally congratulated the young lads and the coaches.
“Solomon Islands is a football loving nation. This is a sport that unites all Solomon Islanders. And today I am proud to witness and join all Solomon Islanders around the country in celebrating this historical moment created by our football stars as they create history for football in our country and more remarkably for themselves,” he said.
The Prime Minister has also congratulated the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) for their efforts in preparing the Under-16 team.
The Prime Minister said the Government is prepared to assist the Under-16 team in its preparations ahead of the World Cup in Peru next year.
“The Ministry of Home Affairs will be working closely with SIFF to assist in the preparation of the boys ahead of the World Cup next year,” he said.