21 Apr 2017

Sport: Construction of futsal complex in Solomons nearing start

12:02 pm on 21 April 2017

Construction of a long-awaited futsal complex in Solomon Islands is expected to begin by the end of the year.

The Solomon Islands Football Federation signed a contract in October with the Solomons government and FIFA to build the stadium in Honiara.

The project was meant to start in November but the Acting CEO of the national federation, Joseph Boso, said further consultation with FIFA led to delays.

"There are lots of legal hurdles to jump over and at this stage we are working with FIFA legal department to get contracts out and get work started on the ground," he said.

"Hopefully that could happen sooner rather than later before the end of the year...so we can have a futsal court for the national team to use in the future."

Solomon Islands captain Elliot Ragomo celebrates one of his two goals.

Solomon Islands are the reigning OFC futsal champions. Photo: OFC Media

Joseph Boso said the Solomon Islands government is still working towards putting together funding for the project and " good things come to those who wait".

The Kurukuru are the reigning Oceania champions, and have attended the past three World Cups, despite the country not having a proper futsal court.

16 teams, including one from Vanuatu, competed in the Wantok Invitational Challenge futsal tournament in Honiara over Easter weekend.