19 Jun 2009

Pacific Islands Federations to create a Pacific Soccer Cup

12:46 pm on 19 June 2009

Plans are reportedly underway to start a Pacific Soccer Cup among the Melanesian countries.

The proposal for the competition was discussed during the recent Oceania Football Confederation, or OFC, congress in the Bahamas between Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Vanuatu and New Caledonia.

The Solomon Islands Football Federation General Secretary Eddie Ngava, who chaired the meeting, told the Solomon Star newspaper that they are looking at making it an annual event and to give national teams regular matches ahead of the South Pacific Games.

Mr Ngava is preparing a concept paper which will be circulated before the countries seek approval from OFC for the Pacific Cup.

The vice-president of PNG's Football Association, John Kapi Natto, told the Post-Courier newspaper that the proposed annual Pacific Cup has been agreed upon by the five nations.