Solomon Islands is looking at engaging a new coach for the men’s senior football squad.
This was revealed on Wednesday by the president of the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF), William Lai.
Lai told local media during a press conference that former coach, Moses Toata has decided to step down from the post and allow somebody new to take charge, a decision which SIFF respected.
He clarified that the decision was solely Toata’s decision after a debriefing with SIFF following the squad’s participation at the recent Nations Cup competition in Papua New Guinea (PNG).
“SIFF is looking at bringing over a new coach from overseas.
“This is because head coach Moses Toata has decided not to continue as coach for the next stage of the Oceania World Cup Qualifiers.
“SIFF respects his decision and will engage a new coach, most probably an international coach from overseas as the next qualifying stage is very important.
“SIFF will do everything to prepare a good team for the next stage as demand for success from the nation is very high now that Solomon Islands has reached another level in the World Cup Qualifiers,” he said.
Toata was impressive in his term as coach; he led the team to the next stage of the World Cup Qualifiers, a big achievement according to SIFF.
Lai said talks for the new coach are in the pipeline and any new appointed coach should be in the country in the coming weeks.
However despite Toata stepping down from the head coach position, Lai said he (Toata) still remains as part of the coaching team which he will help the new coach in preparing the team.
Meanwhile it was revealed that training will resume for the senior squad next week.
As part of their preparations, they will play a few friendly matches with the first scheduled for next month.
This will be followed by other friendly matches during their proposed tour to Asia in October.
By CARLOS ARUAFU