Members of the Kurukuru team has received an additional $5000 each payment reward for their recent victory in the Oceania Futsal Championship.
This time it came from the Solomon Islands Ports Authority (SIPA), one of the main sponsors.
This is apart from government’s $10, 000 per head.
SIPA handed over $5000 cash to Kurukuru players and officials during the victory function at the Mendana Hotel on Tuesday night.
SIPA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Collin Yow said the success of Kurukuru is a huge achievement that shows their dedication and hard work comes true.
“Now team Kurukuru can focus on the challenge ahead, knowing all the backing for the journey to World Cup is financially funded by SIPA Rice,’’ he said.
Yow revealed during the Kurukuru’s victory function hosted by SIPA Rice that Solomon Islands Ports Authority will step up its support for Kurukuru’s preparations for Colombia.
“SIPA will fund all activities, this include paying the players a salary for the Kurukuru team to spend all their time preparation for world Cup without financial concerns.
“This sponsorship is not possible if not for SIPA reforms.
The CEO said the sponsorship will be in excess of $2 million dollars to prepare the team for their Journey to Colombia.
“SIPA sponsorship is a first in the history of Solomon Islands since its establishment in 1956,’’ he said.
He added with the support of Minster Jimmy Lusibaea, Chairman Billy Titiulu his Board of Directors and executive team members, SIPA have graciously accepted William Lai’s invitation to be the sole exclusive sponsor for team Kurukuru.
He also thanked SIFF President William Lai and his CEO Neil Poloso for taking the lead to openly support the SIPA Reforms.
Meanwhile team Kurukuru has thanked SIPA, SIFF and the rest of their sponsors and supporters for supporting them.
SIFF President also took the opportunity to thanked their major sponsors and supporters both in the country and abroad.
By CARLOS ARUAFU