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Omokirio off to Ravenna

Omokirio is there to attend the coaching workshop as the representative of the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) and upon his return shall be able to conduct coaching courses locally and in the region. His attendance is seen as a major development step for the region as Omokirio will return as a coaching instructor and this will greatly hasten the growth of beach soccer.
SIFF general secretary, Eddie Ngava, described the opportunity as very important for the development of beach soccer in Solomon Islands and thanked the OFC technical department for nominating Omokirio to attend the course saying that he is the most appropriate choice.
“Gideon’s experience as a national player and assistant coach are a great bonus for the country and for the region and I believe that OFC have picked the best person for the course . After completing this course he will contribute in a big way to beach soccer development in the region,” Ngava says.
In addition, the training that Omokirio will receive will come in handy for the elite beach soccer program currently being implemented in SIFF which he himself is heading. Omokirio took the position in SIFF in November 2010 and is currently working within the SIFF technical department.
In Italy, Omokirio will join up with an exclusive club of beach soccer coaches for the 3-day course. He will also be presenting during the course a report of the progress of beach soccer in the Oceania region. He is expected back on September 15.
As a member of the Solomon Islands national men’s football team Omokirio sacrificed his ticket to the Pacific Games in New Caledonia to attend the coaching course. His passion to develop beach soccer in the region was the main motivation but the decision was not an easy one for him and the national football team management.
Speaking to the SIFF media office prior to his departure Omokirio says that the course is a wonderful opportunity for him and he looks forward to completing the training.
“Beach soccer is a sport that fits in naturally in the pacific because of our island geography. However, we need to further our technical understanding of the game to ensure that it gains the household status that it deserves. This course will help us drive towards this goal,” Omokirio says.
Omokirio gained local and regional prominence when he captained the Solomon Islands U-17 team to the finals with Australia after sweeping past New Zealand in the Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) world cup qualifying competition held in Honiara. He then rose through the ranks of the youth teams before making himself a regular in the senior national football team.
An avid and versatile athlete Omokirio was named in Solomon Islands first ever national beach soccer team in 2006 alongside James Naka, Fred Hale and Samson Takayama, other pioneers in the code. He started taking a coaching role in 2008 assisting Henry Koto after attending a FIFA beach soccer course in Honiara. He added more to his resume’ when he attended the FIFA regional coaching course held in Tahiti in September last year.
Besides his qualifications in beach soccer Omokirio is also an FA trained football coach and earlier this year he attended FIFA Futuro III Instructor and Coaching Course held in Ba, Fiji.

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