National under 17 Head Coach, Stanley Waita has responded to critics regarding his selection of the World Cup-bound youth team.
Waita told the player’s parents & guidance during a brief thanksgiving & send out service hosted at the SIFF Academy before their departure.
Following the omission of a star player, Maxwell Keana recently; the public through the social network (Facebook) criticized the team management regarding its selections.
“This team proves all critics wrong, that our selection was biased and favored. I want to tell you parents that these speculations are all wrong, I don’t favor anybody or my wantoks (relatives) to be in this team.
However, the head coach played down the criticisms saying that his management worked hard to build these players to be independent, beginning at this youthful age.
“My team is a mixture of all our nine provinces in the country. We have a player representing Renbell, a player from Tikopia, it’s a first of a kind for a team representing Solomon to have a combination of ethnicity,” Waita said.
“You see these players, individually they proved themselves to be in this squad. Despite the critics especially in social media, I want to clarify these. These players are well disciplined,” Waita said.
“We don’t just build up football players, but we are bringing up leaders that can work independently without the support and dependence on your parents.
Mr. Waita thanked the parents for their support, despite the challenges the team faced since they became runners-up last year in the Oceania U17 tournament and booking a place at the Youth World Cup finals.
“This team made history representing the whole of Solomon Islands, and they are the only team in the country to reach such stages in football. We all should be proud, that your ambassador is representing us on the global stage.
Meanwhile, the team left the country en route to Brazil on Friday the 18th.