Moise Poida resigns as Vanuatu head coach

The highly respected coach has handed in his resignation as head coach of the Vanuatu national men’s team.

Moise Poida
Moise Poida has resigned as Head Coach of Vanuatu (Photo credit: Shane Wenzlick)

A statement from the Vanuatu Football Federation President Lambert Maltock confirms the news that Moise Poida resigned from the role last Friday.

The resignation letter came as a shock to President Maltock.

“The letter contained only two short paragraphs, without giving any reason for such decision. As President of VFF, I felt very sad for such unexpected decision but can only sympathize for him as he is one of the leading Coaches of VFF,” the statement read.

Read the full statement at the bottom of the article.

The 39-year-old took over the position at the Vanuatu men’s team in 2015 and is now set to leave that role in three months time. He has previously also coached both the Under 20 and U23 national teams.

Poida, who represented Vanuatu 21 times as a player, is currently also the head coach of Nalkutan FC who will be making their debut in the OFC Champions League later this week.

It’s not clear whether or not Poida will continue that role after the O-League is done.

UPDATE 06/02/2018: The VFF board will meet next week to decide on what to do after Poida’s resignation but it looks like Etienne Mermer is the heir apparent having coached the team to gold at the Pacific Mini Games, Pacific Beat’s Richard Ewart tells Football in Oceania after talking to Vanuatu’s national team director Peter Takaro.

The full statement from VFF President Lambert Maltock:

Dear Media Friends,

VFF wishes to confirm that on Friday last week, it has unexpectedly and sadly received a letter of resignation from Mr. Moise Poida, giving notice to end his contract with VFF in the next three months. The letter contained only two short paragraphs, without giving any reason for such decision. As President of VFF, I felt very sad for such unexpected decision but can only sympathize for him as he is one of the leading Coaches of VFF as well as in the country being accredited with B License certificate. In Vanuatu

When I started duty as VFF  President ten (10) years ago and the vision of creating a proper academy of elite players for the country came up, I did not need to search for suitable and right people to help me and VFF. In my mind, Moise Poida, Etienne Mermer, Richard Iwai and David Chilia have had adequate experience to deliver as players and being well trained and coached by good Coaches like Carlos Buzzetti and Robert Calvo. I trusted them all along despite many critics until Richard Iwai managed to win the Four Nations Cup in 2015, Etienne Mermer assisted U20 Team to qualify fro FIFA World Cup in 2016 and again  won the last Pacific Mini Games and this time Moise was tasked to help the new Champions Nalkutan FC to win in Vanuatu. For me personally in as far as I can say, I do not see any other local Coach in the country that deliver better than these three persons and indeed Moise will be a great lost to VFF as competent Coaches.

I could recall sadly that we started out of nothing and from nowhere as it was just a dream and a wish. All of us were new to the field and we have come a long way. But in the end, we have left a lasting and unforgettable history and legacy for this country, not only in the last results but also in the previous competitions since 2008.

May I take the opportunity on behalf of VFF Exco, Staff, all Presidents and Leagues in all Provinces and the football fans of this football mad-country – to express our most heartfelt gratitude to Moise Poida & Richard Iwai who are now leaving VFF. As the saying goes, “it’s always easy & joyful to welcome someone but it is’nt always easy to say goodbye to those very close to you. Thank you very much Moise for helping me and my Exco, Vanuatu Football and what you have done for the country for the last 10 years with VFF. Thank you for your faithfulness, humbleness,, loyalty and service regardless what impressions people may have had on us.

Lastly, I have tasked you Moise two years ago since 2016 for the mission with Nalktan FC to win the National Championship, so I am proud that you have done it which made all Provinces very proud. Now the next mission, as I told you last 2 weeks, you stand a very good chance to go surely for the second round; so I am looking forward to a great result with the help of God. I wish you and the Team Officials as well as the players a very successful campaign for the O.League.

God bless you and your lovely family as always and wish you all God’s grace for your future missions.

Lambert Maltock
VFF President

Author: Ola Bjerkevoll

A passion for everything football and especially in Oceania. Owner of Football in Oceania.

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