Top leaders back young reps


PM Hou, Opposition Leader Maelanga, City Mayor and SIFF President at the last pool match between SI and Vanuatu on Saturday.

THE country’s leaders are rooting behind the national under-16 side as they are about to head into their semifinal clash of the OFC Under-16 Championship against Fiji tomorrow morning.

This semifinal encounter holds a lot of significance. A victory for the homeside will see Solomon Islands attain a historic maiden qualification into the conventional (11-aside) FIFA Under-17 World Cup.

Prime Minister Rick Hou and Opposition Leader Manasseh Maelanga have had the opportunity to join the homecrowd last Saturday to cheer for the youngsters in the 5-0 rout of Vanuatu in the competition’s Pool A final match.

According to a post on the PM Press Secretariat facebook page yesterday, the two leaders will again team up together tomorrow to support the boys take on Fiji in the first semifinal scheduled for 10am kick off at Lawson Tama Stadium.

“Prime Minister Hou and the Opposition Leader Maelanga will join the nation again this Wednesday at Lawson Tama to support the Under-16 as our boys set to make history in qualifying for the U-17 World Cup in Peru next year,” the statement said.

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