Friday, 27 June 2008 9:12 AM

Discussions in Place for SIFF Television Project

Oceania Football Confederation President Reynald Temarii is in Zurich to discuss with FIFA officials the television project for Solomon Islands.

According to SIFF media, initial talks were held about a year ago between OFC, SIFF and One Television in which a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the parties.

Under this arrangement, OFC would provide TV equipments to One Television purposely to promote football activities in the islands.

This project is the brainchild of the OFC president who sees the need to build the game of football and the infrastructure of media and TV both inside and outside of Solomon islands.

To ensure the success of the project, the OFC has identified TV specialist who would be in Honiara shortly to provide training to those who would be involved in the project.

Meanwhile, the Wantok Cup will provide a useful backdrop for the television training project as the proposed training will fall on or about the same time as the soccer tournament.

The Solomon Islands Football Federation has successfully negotiated a branding name for the Wantok Cup tournament.

SIFF General Secretary Eddie Ngava revealed that Our Telekom has agreed to become a major partner in this initiative to bring the three neighbors PNG, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands to compete in the 'Telekom Wantok Cup' here in Honiara.

Mr. Ngava said he hoped with Our Telekom coming into the scene as a major partner, Telikom PNG and Telecom Vanuatu would follow suit to give greater prominence to the competition.

He said soccer officials from the three countries will also use the opportunity to discuss the future of this competition to properly establish it.

The cup is intended to be a thrice-a-year competition, to be held in July (twice) and September (once), as part of independence commemoration celebrations for the three countries respectively.

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