Micah Lea’alafa is one of the most important players from Solomon Islands. After spending some months playing in a professional league, the 29-year-old forward is currently in his home country with a main focus: helping in the development of local football.
Lea’alafa had the opportunity to live the dream of many children: becoming a professional football player. He played eleven matches for Maritzburg United, a professional team from South Africa, in the 2019-20 season.
Now he wants to share his experiences with local children to help them reach the highest level of sport: “I see that our football is way back compared to professional level […] I want to develop this country, not just for a club or an academy, but for the whole nation. My heart is in developing the children who want to become a professional player in the future,” he said in an interview with Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) media.
He is one of the 17 participants who took part of the OFC Youth C License coaching course. Lea’alafa was not the only player to attend this course as Solomon Warriors’ forward Dennis Ifunaoa and Southern United’s forward Joachim Waroi also attended the course held in Honiara – the capital of the Solomon Islands.
Having important players committed to developing the sport is something very special. The future of Solomon Islands’ football looks promising.