SIX SHORTLISTED

BY ELTON LONARATHA JNR

A total of six foreign coaches have been shortlisted for interviews for the position of national senior men’s team head coach for the Solomon Islands. The Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) began its search for a new head coach in March this year.

SIFF CEO Leonard Paia revealed that 100 applicants expressed interest in the role. “The process to recruit a new coach for the national team is based on specific procedures and will not be disclosed easily. It takes time,” Paia stated. “Currently, out of 100 applicants, we are in the shortlisting stage and have identified six candidates for interviews.”

Paia added, “We are currently focusing on the recruitment process for the FIFA TDS program this week and have interviews to finalize that. Once we complete the TDS National Academy process, we will proceed with recruiting the new national head coach.”

SIFF Technical Director Moses Toata noted that hiring a national team head coach is a complex process. “All applicants undergo a series of screening procedures. Initially, we screened down to 10 applicants. These 10 candidates then went through further evaluation, resulting in the current six shortlisted applicants awaiting interviews,” Toata explained. “The process includes thorough background research on all candidates.”

Toata emphasized the importance of transparency in the selection process, stating that they conduct rigorous interviews to ensure they choose the best candidate. “At the moment, I can confirm that all shortlisted applicants are foreign coaches,” he confirmed.

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