Eddie Marahare has decided to withdraw from his role as the Solomon Islands national team assistant coach ahead of the international friendly matches against Vanuatu and Chinese Taipei this month.
Marahare cited club commitment as head coach of Henderson Eels being the sole reason behind his decision.
“In consultation with the Henderson Eels FC owner, I have decided to withdraw from the National Team as Assistant Coach for the friendly against Vanuatu and International Friendly to Taiwan,” Marahare said in an email today.
“The main reason is to concentrate with the Henderson Eels preparation for OFC Champions league quarterfinals match on April 7.”
Despite Marahare’s withdrawal, five Henderson Eels players Joses Nawo, Tutizama Tanito, Raynick Laeta, Boni Pride and Desmond Tutu are still part of the national side for the international friendlies during the March international break.
Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) CEO, Leonard Paia said there will be no replacement for Marahare as head coach Moses Toata will lead the team alongside his supporting staff Zantas Kabini (Goalkeeper coach), Augustine Hou (Kit manager) and Charles Gauba (Physio).
Mr Paia wishes Marahare and Henderson Eels all the best in their preparation for the quarter-finals against Team Wellington in New Zealand on April 7, 2019.