Solomon Islands national football team

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Solomon Islands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Bonitos
Association Solomon Islands Football Federation
Confederation OFC (Oceania)
Head coach Moses Toata
Most caps Batram Suri (48)[1]
Top scorer Commins Menapi (34)[1]
Home stadium Lawson Tama Stadium
FIFA code SOL
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 186 Increase 1 (12 January 2017)
Highest 120 (October 2007, April 2008)
Lowest 200 (January–March 2016)
Elo ranking
Current 165 (15 June 2016)
Highest 99 (September 2004)
Lowest 167 (1988)
First international
1956 Solomons 6–3 New Hebrides 
(Fiji; 30 August 1963)
Biggest win
Solomons 17–0 Wallis and Futuna 
(Papua New Guinea; September 1991)
Biggest defeat
French Polynesia 18–0 Solomons 1956
(Fiji; 17 December 1963)
OFC Nations Cup
Appearances 5 (first in 1980)
Best result Runners-up, 2004

The Solomon Islands national football team is the national team of Solomon Islands and is controlled by the Solomon Islands Football Federation.

History[edit]

During the 2004 Oceania World Cup qualification/Oceania Cup the team drew 2–2 with Australia and qualified for the second leg. However, in the second leg the Solomon Islands national men's team was humiliated by Australia 5–1 and 6–0 in the two matches, with Australia qualifying for the 2005 Confederations Cup.

The Solomons got a second chance against the Socceroos in a two-legged series in September 2005, this time with the winner advancing to a two-legged series against CONMEBOL's fifth-place finisher for a berth in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, and the team was thrashed by Australia 7–0 on the first leg and 2–1 in the second played at home.

The Solomons were knocked out of the 2010 FIFA World Cup – having got off to a good start winning every game in their qualifying group and comfortably progressing to the knockout rounds, defeats to New Caledonia and then to Vanuatu saw them knocked out of the competition.

In 2012, the Solomon Islands held the 2012 OFC Nations Cup which was also the second round of World Cup qualifying for the 2014 FIFA World Cup where they finished in fourth place after qualifying through to the knockout stage by defeating Papua New Guinea and having draws against Fiji and New Zealand. They lost in the semi-final after they lost to the champions Tahiti after Jonathan Tehau scored the only goal. They later lost to New Zealand in the third-place playoff. The third round of World Cup qualifying saw the team finish bottom of the group after only taking one win against Tahiti.

World Cup record[edit]

Oceania Nations Cup record[edit]

OFC Nations Cup record
Year Round Position Pld W D L GF GA
New Zealand 1973 Did Not Enter
New Caledonia 1980 Group stage 8th 3 0 0 3 3 21
1996 Third Place 3rd 2 0 0 2 1 3
Australia 1998 Did Not Qualify
French Polynesia 2000 Third Place 3rd 4 2 0 2 7 10
New Zealand 2002 Group stage 6th 3 0 1 2 3 9
Australia 2004 Runners-Up 2nd 7 3 1 3 10 17
2008 Did Not Qualify
Solomon Islands 2012 Semi-Final 4th 5 1 2 2 5 6
Papua New Guinea 2016 Fourth Place 4th 4 1 0 3 2 4
Total Runners-Up 7/10 28 7 4 17 31 70

Pacific Games record[edit]

  • 1963 – Fourth place
  • 1966 – Round 1
  • 1969 – Sixth place
  • 1971 – Did not enter
  • 1975 – Third place
  • 1979 – Third place
  • 1983 – Round 1
  • 1987 – Did not enter
  • 1991 – Second place
  • 1995 – Second place
  • 2003 – Round 1
  • 2007 – Fourth place
  • 2011 – Second place

Wantok Cup record[edit]

Results and fixtures[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players were called up for the games against Tahiti on 7 and 13 November 2016.
Caps and goals updated as of 13 November after the match against Tahiti.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1 1GK Philip Mango (1995-08-28) 28 August 1995 (age 21) 7 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
1GK Izomo Bird 2 0 Solomon Islands Western United
12 1GK Zantas Kabini (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 31) 1 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire

2 2DF Hadisi Aengari (1988-10-23) 23 October 1988 (age 28) 19 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
3 2DF Emmanuel Poila (1990-07-16) 16 July 1990 (age 26) 7 1 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
4 2DF Michael Boso (1991-09-03) 3 September 1991 (age 25) 3 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
5 2DF Freddie Kini (1992-11-27) 27 November 1992 (age 24) 12 0 Solomon Islands Western United
16 2DF Joachim Waroi (1988-09-20) 20 September 1988 (age 28) 7 0 Solomon Islands Western United
17 2DF Junior Albert (1994-07-25) 25 July 1994 (age 22) 1 0 Solomon Islands Kossa

6 3MF Michael Sira (1992-02-18) 18 February 1992 (age 24) 1 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
7 3MF Atkin Kaua (1996-04-04) 4 April 1996 (age 20) 3 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
10 3MF Molea Tigi (1992-09-24) 24 September 1992 (age 24) 2 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
14 3MF Moffat Kilifa (1990-11-17) 17 November 1990 (age 26) 4 0 Vanuatu Amicale
18 3MF Henry Fa'arodo (1982-10-05) 5 October 1982 (age 34) 50 15 Solomon Islands Western United
19 3MF Gibson Daudau (1988-09-03) 3 September 1988 (age 28) 6 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
20 3MF Tutizama Tanito (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 23) 4 1 Solomon Islands

8 4FW Joses Nawo (1988-05-03) 3 May 1988 (age 28) 23 4 Solomon Islands Western United
11 4FW Matthias Iani (1993-08-14) 14 August 1993 (age 23) 1 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
13 4FW James Naka (1984-10-09) 9 October 1984 (age 32) 21 3 Solomon Islands Western United
15 4FW Jerry Donga (1991-01-31) 31 January 1991 (age 25) 8 1 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
21 4FW Gagame Feni (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 24) 7 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors

Recent call-ups[edit]

The following players have been called up for the team in the last 12 months.

0#0 Pos. Player Date of birth (age) Caps Goals Club
1GK Izomo Bird 1 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
1GK James Do'oro (1995-06-19) 19 June 1995 (age 21) 0 0 Solomon Islands Kossa
1GK Anthony Talo (1996-01-08) 8 January 1996 (age 21) 0 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors

2DF Allen Peter (1995-09-11) 11 September 1995 (age 21) 2 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
2DF Abraham Maezama (1989-11-25) 25 November 1989 (age 27) 0 0 Solomon Islands Western United
2DF Israel Kote Fanai (1992-04-07) 7 April 1992 (age 24) 0 0 Solomon Islands Western United
2DF Matson Feni (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 (age 23) 0 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
2DF Fred Fakari (1989-11-09) 9 November 1989 (age 27) 4 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
2DF Nelson Sale Kilifa (1986-10-07) 7 October 1986 (age 30) 29 0 Vanuatu Amicale
2DF Lensley Kangavaka 0 0 Solomon Islands Malaita Kingz

3MF Micah Lea'alafa (1991-06-01) 1 June 1991 (age 25) 6 1 New Zealand Auckland City
3MF Charlie Otainao (1992-06-05) 5 June 1992 (age 24) 3 0 Solomon Islands Kossa
3MF Timothy Bakale (1995-03-29) 29 March 1995 (age 21) 1 0 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
3MF Paul Wale (1985-07-09) 9 July 1985 (age 31) 2 0 Solomon Islands Koloale FC Honiara
3MF Judd Molea (1988-08-23) 23 August 1988 (age 28) 11 2 Solomon Islands Western United

4FW Dennis Ifunaoa (1991-11-09) 9 November 1991 (age 25) 2 0 Solomon Islands Solomon Warriors
4FW Harrison Mala (1994-07-14) 14 July 1994 (age 22) 0 0 Solomon Islands Kossa
4FW Benjamin Totori (1986-02-20) 20 February 1986 (age 30) 33 16 Solomon Islands Western United
4FW Gagame Feni (1992-08-21) 21 August 1992 (age 24) 7 0 Solomon Islands Western United
4FW Tutizama Tanito (1993-11-27) 27 November 1993 (age 23) 4 1 Solomon Islands Marist Fire
4FW Richard Fono 0 0 Solomon Islands Malaita Kingz

List of coaches[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Soccer: the Ultimate Guide. DK Publishing. April 19, 2010. p. 108. ISBN 978-0756663186. Retrieved 26 January 2016. 
  2. ^ Solomon Islands at FIFA.com
  3. ^ "Solomons search for new coach". Oceania Football Confederation. 2016-07-29. Retrieved 2016-07-29. 

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