Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) president William Lai joins current and former players in the country offering condolences following the death of former national team coach Noel Wagapu.
“We grieve for the loss of Noel Wagapu, a great man, his contributions to Solomon Islands football is undeniable. Noel has been a great servant for football in all levels,” President Lai said in his statement.
‘Very humble person, never talk about his great contributions to football. A dedicated family man who gave a lot for the love of the game. His life, work and generosity will always be remembered by players who had the opportunity to work with him.
“On behalf of the Solomon Islands football family, I want to convey our message of condolences and tribute to a great football man, husband, father and someone who is more just a coach, Noel Wagapu.
“On behalf of SIFF, we offer our sincerest condolences to the Wagapu family for their loss. It’s a big loss for Solomon football, we lost a great man, coach, mentor and, in many cases, a father figure, and we extend our deepest sympathies. RIP Noel,” Lai stated.
Apart from his coaching roles with both the senior and youth national teams, the late Noel Wagapu was a former youth development officer and technical director at the Solomon Islands Football Federation.
Late Wagapu served football all his life and has been one of the few dedicated persons who had served SIFF and Solomon Islands football with commitment, dedication and passion in football development in Solomon Islands over a span of more than 20 plus years. He was very humble but dedicated football player, coach, administrator and technical director during his football days. He had passed away yesterday afternoon.
In respect to the passing of Wagapu, there will be a minute of silence before the kick-off of the OFC Champions League final Group D matches at Lawson Tama today.