MINISTER for Youth and Sport Viliame Naupoto has applauded Fiji Football Association's efforts to construct a regional technical facility in Vanua Levu.
During the official opening of the Inkk Mobile Battle of the Giants, Naupoto said the proposed project would boost football in the Northern Division.
"This tournament has been a major event on the sporting calendar for the past three decades," he said.
"Football attracts passionate and enthusiastic fans. The government is committed to youth and sports development in the country with provisions for sports equipment, playgrounds, sporting programs and technical experts.
"This also includes scholarships for elite athletes and administrators. The ministry is supportive of Fiji FA's proposed regional technical project in Vanua Levu.
"This will boost football in the Northern Division. Fiji FA's proposed project augurs well with the government's effort to harness the power of sports as a vehicle for youth development. Labasa is well known for producing world-class players like Roy Krishna."
Naupoto said without good administrators our talents would remain raw and undeveloped.
"Sport administrators must remember that the athletes place a lot of trust in them to be looked after," he said.
"The players and the spirit of the game must be the priority for these administrators."
Meanwhile a poor turnout was recorded on day one.