Senior national team coach, Moses Toata has become the first Solomon Islander to qualify for an Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) B-Licence coaching certificate.
His certificate was presented in Honiara on Friday by Patrick Jacquemet, OFC technical director and witnessed by Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) president, William Lai, and OFC head of education, Giovanni Fernandes. .
Toata’s ground breaking achievement comes on the back of two years of practical training and assessments done under the watchful eye of Jacquemet. After successfully attending an OFC C-Licence course in 2011, Toata was nominated for the OFC B-Licence course in 2014 which attended with four other local participants.
Jacquemet describes the achievement as being very important for Solomon Islands football and also for Toata as a coach.
“This paves the way for more coaches to aspire to achieve a similar licence and will help lift the quality of football in Solomon Islands. It will also help Toata in his capacity as club coach and coach of national team,” says Jacquemet.
Jacquemet points out that there is potential for more Solomon Islanders to get accreditation as football enjoys a new period of growth under the leadership of Lai as president of SIFF.
Toata acknowledges SIFF and OFC for offering the opportunity for him to attain this qualification and says that he must continue to try to achieve more.
“I am really honoured to receive this certificate and thank all those who helped me to get here including SIFF, OFC and my club, Solomon Warriors. I still want to learn and achieve more so I hope to continue with my coach education and aim higher,” Toata says.
SIFF president, Lai, congratulates Toata, saying that it is an achievement for Toata and for the country as well.
“We are extremely pleased for Moses and proud of his achievement for football and for the country. SIFF is committed to supporting other local coaches to reach this level as well because we want to see more professionals working with our clubs and our players,” Lai says.
To qualify for a OFC B-Licence in coaching, a coach has to successfully pass the OFC D-Licence and OFC C-Licence and undergo supervised practical and theoretical assessment work.
Several more local coaches are continuing their assessments for the OFC B-Licence certificate.