Youth Solomon Cup starts today

Real Kakamora meets Eagles in opener

By Taromane Martin

THE Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) has confirmed the much awaited Youth Solomon Cup competition is set to kick off today at the Lawson Tama stadium.

The Youth Solomon Cup is being held in two divisions – the under-16 and the under-19.

SIFF yesterday conducted draws for the competitions which will see Malaita, Makira, Central Islands, Honiara, Rennell and Bellona and Western Province taking part in the two weeks event.

The draw was witnessed and attended by participating Member Associations (MAs) and stakeholders, held at the SIFF Academy.

Choiseul, Isabel and Temotu are the three provinces that will not take part in this edition’s Youth Solomon Cup.

SIFF CEO Mr Joseph Boso said the competition will be played in a round robin format, meaning the team with the most wins and points will be crowned the champions.

SIFF also confirmed two venues for the Youth Solomon Cup saying games will be played at the SIFF Academy and Lawson Tama stadium.

The Youth Solomon Cup tournaments are being purposely held to select the training squad for the national under-16 and the national under-19 toward this year’s Oceania championships.

The Oceania Under-19 championship will be held in Pape’ete, Tahiti from May 26 to June 1 while Honiara will play host to the Oceania Under-16 Championship from September 8 to 22.

Meanwhile, opening matches for the U-19s today will see Makira Ulawa Province taking on Malaita Province at 1pm followed by Central Islands taking on Western Province at 2:30pm.

Final match for the U-19 category today will see Rennell and Bellona taking on Honiara while Guadalcanal is on bye.

Matches for the U-16 category will kick off 12pm tomorrow at the SIFF Academy and will see Western Province taking on Guadalcanal Province.

Central Province will take on Malaita at 1:10pm followed by the final match for tomorrow as Rennell and Bellona takes on Honiara at 3pm.

Matches for the Youth Solomon Cup will continue throughout the week except on Sunday.

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