The Solomon Islands have rich footballing traditions reflected in their FIFA World Cup™ history, which dates back to 1992. They immediately showed their abilities in firstly drawing with Tahiti and then sensationally giving Australia a scare before falling to a late 2-1 defeat. The Solomons came of age in qualifiers for Germany 2006, drawing 2-2 away against Australia to edge past New Zealand. Although the ensuing play-off against Australia ended in heavy defeat, over 20,000 crammed into the national stadium in Honiara with five figure crowds common for major international and club matches since.
The current crop
Coach Jacob Moli has a plethora of naturally gifted players to choose from and it is expected to be a revitalised Solomons side for the qualifying campaign. Despite a paucity of national team matches, numerous players filled the Hekari United squad which competed at last year’s FIFA Club World Cup, while the team will also be boosted by the competition offered in the Solomon Islands' first national league season played during 2011.
The key players
Henry Fa’arodo will again lead the attack and the pacy frontman can fall back on the experience of two FIFA World Cup campaigns, having also been the only Solomon Islander to play in the Australian A-League. Equally invaluable and experienced members of the squad are Abraham Iniga and Gideon Omokirio, who both featured for Hekari United at UAE 2010.
Coach: Jacob Moli
Best performance in a FIFA competition: None
Former stars: Batram Suri, Jack Samani