Bids to Host Youth World Cup qualifiers next year

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SIFF President, Willie who made the revelation of his bidding intentions

SOLOMON Islands Football Federation (SIFF) is eyeing the possibility of hosting the World Cup Qualifying Competition for the Oceania Under 16 or Under 19 competitions here in the country next year.
This was emphasised by SIFF President, Willie Lai in an interview with RAW SPORTS.
Mr Lai said SIFF is awaiting bidding documents however has assured his federation’s confidence of hosting and meet up to the standard of hosting the regional youth competition.
“We will bid to host either the U16 or the U19 qualifiers here in the country
Mr Lai said there are minimum requirements to hosting these events.
“But I’m confident with the facilities at hand to host the competition,” Lai added.
He said Lawson Tama stadium is acceptable as a venue since the turf is one of the best in the region.
He maintained that the country needs two conditional venues, Lawson Tama stadium and the SIFF Academy with four training venues to host two pools in the competition.
“We will be working towards these and hopefully a 3rd venue. We are working really hard to achieve these minimum requirements by next year,” Lai stated.
“The spectators’ facility will undergo a minor upgrade but so far OFC has approved the standard and environment surrounding both proposed venues.”
He adds that by hosting these events, the country would have the advantage of booking a place in the World Cup stage.
With the upgrade of these sporting facilities, SIFF is also closely in collaboration with the National Sports Council (NSC) in preparing towards the hosting of the 2023 Pacific Mini Games.
“Our plan is in place with NSC to upgrade all these facilities but for now minor improvements will be conducted towards hosting the event stated.

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