Government welcomes football development in SHEFA

The Ministry of Youth Development and Training has welcomed the decision by the Shefa Football Association (ShFA) to reactivate and upgrade the South Efate Football League (SEFL) saying the development is inline with the policies of the government to promote sports development in the rural areas.

When addressing a round table meeting between the Minister of Youth Development and Training, Mr. Dunstan Hilton, and senior representatives of the Sports Council, the Vanuatu Football Federation, ShFA, SEFL and Port Vila Football League in Port Vila on Thursday 9 March, the Second Political Advisor to Minister Hilton, Mr. Willie Ruben Abel Titongoa, commented ShFA for the new development.

"This is good for the development of Vanuatu Football and sports in general", Titongoa points out.

"Over the past years, the country has been depending mostly on the two towns (Port Vila and Luganville) as far as competitive football is concerned in the country. But with the new South Efate Football League coming in, and given that they will have equal access to facilities in Port Vila, we can expect another big league in the near future... and we hope Sanma Football Association would follow the same example soon.

"It is the policy of the government that sports is development is promoted in the rural areas, and the ministry is happy with the development in Shefa Football", Titongoa states.

Meanwhile, the National Sports Council has agreed for SEFL to have full right to the Port Vila Stadium on Saturday 18 March to officiate the official start of their 2006 football season, and to kick of their Opening Knock Out tournament.
Based on the agreement, SEFL has made the draws for their curtain raiser tournament at a general meeting on Thursday 9 March.
The meeting also agreed on three matches to take place on Saturday 18 March. In the first game, Kings United will play Raiders FC. Ifira Black Birds will play Imere FC in the second game of the day, and Shepherds United will play Redal FC in the las match.


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