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Austrian coaches arrive

Helmut Kronjager and Matthias Schwaiger are here for a 1 month stint and will be working with the men’s u20 team who are preparing for the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) U-20 Championship in April and the senior men’s and women’s teams which will be participating in the Pacific Games in August.
The pair will also work with national coaches and Telekom S-League coaches and visit some primary schools in Honiara during their stay.
The trip by the coaching duo was made possible through a special arrangement between the Solomon Islands government and Austrian government after a proposal was submitted by the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Their travel and accommodation expenses are by the Austrian government and SIFF is meeting internal costs including local transportation.
SIFF head of technical department, Noel Wagapu, welcomed the Kronjager and Shwaiger at the airport and said that this will be an important month for football in the country.
“First of all I want to welcome our friends to Solomon Islands and hope that they will enjoy working with our coaches and players. I must say that Solomon Islands is privileged to have these 2 experts to work with our national teams and I want to thank our government and the Austrian government for working together to make this happen,” Wagapu says.
“Our national teams’ preparations for international competitions will benefit greatly and SIFF shall also gain a lot from the professionalism and knowledge of the 2 visiting coaches.”
SIFF General Secretary, Eddie Ngava, also offered his welcome to the 2 coaches and said that an important opportunity for football has been created with this arrangement.
“SIFF will be working to establish a longer term arrangement for at least 1 coach to work with our national teams. This, of course, is in its preliminary stages but we will certainly be talking with the Austrian government and our government and the coaches while they are here,” Ngava says.
Kronjager and Schwaiger held a meeting with members of the SIFF technical department straight after arriving to finalise the program for their stay and will be holding further meetings with officials from the government and SIFF over the weekend.
Sessions with national teams will begin on Monday.

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