Hopes for Wantok Cup to become regular competition

Hopes for Wantok Cup to become regular competition

Hopes for Wantok Cup to become regular competition

Posted 17 June 2008, 11:30 AEST

The head of the Solomon Islands Football Federation is hopeful the first Wantok Cup will become an annual event.

Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, and Papua New Guinea will play the first Wantok Cup 11-a-side soccer tournament next month.

Solomon Islands Football Federation's General Secretary, Eddie Ngava, says he hopes it's the start of regular competition between Melanesian soccer teams.

"We hope this will be the inaugural start of the Wantok Cup when each of the three countries will be having a competition on each of their countries independence days," he told Radio Australia Sport.

"We are hosting the first one here and then at the end of July hopefully going to Vanuatu to help with their celebrations, and then in September, to Papua New Guinea for their independence celebrations".

The three national teams will compete for The Wantok Cup on Jul 3, 5 and 7.