Football Academy site now under NHA
The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) has officially handed over its former headquarters at the Allan Boso Complex to the Hosting Authority (NHA) as one of the development sites for the 2023 Pacific Games.
The handing over ceremony was held at Allen Boso Complex, SIFF Academy on Saturday and attended by the NHA Chairman Dr. Jimmy Rodgers, NHA secretary Chris Nieng, a number of Solomon Islands former national team players, stakeholders, former SIFF presidents, secretaries, and executive members.
The Sir Allan Boso complex will be cleared to pave way for the People’s Republic of China (PRC) appointed contractors to come and commence construction in May.
As part of the handing over, SIFF organized a few activities and entertainment to mark the distinctive occasion.
Initially, it was proposed to start off the day’s event with a children’s football festival however due to the wet weather it was instead occupied by a social games mini-tournament which included former footballers both male and female.
Live band entertainment and a gallery-like display of major football achievements are also some of the undertakings for the SIFF academy farewell event.
Meanwhile, the new SIFF Complex will be part of the PG2023 Pacific Games venue to be located at the former Taiwanese Farm.
This facility will only take up around 4 hectares of the total MAL farm area that is occupied by agricultural crops experimental field adjacent to the road.
According to the NHA, this 2.7 hectare stretch of land will be developed as part of the 2023 Pacific Games Stadium Project to be constructed by PRC at the southern side of Prince Philip Highway and the Western side of KGVI School.
This football complex and the facilities will include two standard sized football fields with their own changing rooms, a beach soccer pitch, outdoor futsal court, a two-storey administration building, and a two-storey Dormitory building.
At the moment the SIFF office has been temporarily moved to the Art Gallery.
By CARLOS ARUAFU