SIFF delegates to Russia

THREE officials will represent Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) at the FIFA Congress and Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) Congress taking place together in Russia this month.

The two congresses are happening days apart from each other but will coincide with the staging of the FIFA World Cup that is due to kick off in Moscow on June 15 (June 16 Solomon Islands Time).

The three-man delegation will be led by SIFF President William Lai.

The other two are SIFF Vice- President Eddie Omokirio and Honiara Football Association (HFA) President Baddley Alaha.

The trio will depart Honiara on Saturday. The OFC Congress will be held on Monday next week while the FIFA Congress will take place two days later.

One of the main highlights in the OFC Congress will be the deciding of an acting President to lead Oceania until January 2019.

Seven candidates have put themselves forward for the position of acting OFC President, and thus FIFA vice-president. They are Mr Deryck Shaw (New Zealand), Mr Alexander Godinet (American Samoa), Mr Laupama Solomona (Samoa), Mr Henri Thierry Ariiotima (Tahiti), Mr Rajesh Patel (Fiji), Mr Lambert Maltock (Vanuatu) and Mr Steeve Laigle (New Caledonia).

The process that will be taken to decide on the acting President will be monitored by FIFA in accordance with the FIFA Statutes and the FIFA Governance Regulations.

The OFC’s presidential position was left vacant after PNG’s David Chung resigned in April.

Chung stepped down from the post citing personal reasons.

However, it was revealed later that he quitted after an audit into a multi-million dollar Auckland football development revealed potential wrongdoings.

Meanwhile, the SIFF President has held a press conference this morning at SIFF Academy where he gives more detail on other matters pertaining to his delegation’s trip to Russia.

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