‘From A Village Boy To Become A Football Icon’

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Through dedication, perseverance and humbleness the tale of late Solomon Islands talisman, Commins Menapi from being a village lad making his way through to become a household name in football locally and internationally.

The 40-year-old Temotuan at an early age has the passion for football through his own challenges coming from the far eastern part of the country, he begin his exposure in 1997 playing for his home province and then Marist Club.

“The club management saw his potential and the qualities he posse and by giving him the opportunity he later proved himself,” Menapi’s former head coach and Marist football club’s Patrick Miniti emotionally spoke of him.

His inspirational journey in football moved hearts of many who turned out in hundreds to bid their respect and farewell him.

Former national players and Commins Menapi’s compatriots bid farewell to the legend

“His personal characteristics as a player, father and a friend inspired many of us and it will lingers on in our hearts,” says colleague and close friend, Marlon Houkarawa.

The football community and as far as the national government representative paid respect to Menapi, the man who once brought pride and joy to the country through the sport he loves.

Eulogies were shared reflecting on his life not only as a soccer player but a humbly husband, brother, uncle and a relative.

He became a football coach later in his career.

It is a challenge that we football community must take to produce more unique players like late Commins Menapi who will bring smiles to all of us and take football to another level. The football life of late Commins I believe inspire lot of our kids to take up football and want to be like another Commins Menapi for our country,” one of SIFF representative commented.

 

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