Although Paul Munster’s first challenges as Vanuatu Head Coach will be the Pacific Games in July for the senior side, and the Olympic Qualifying tournament for the U23 side later this year, he is also thinking long term.
Munster spoke about the idea of putting an under 20 team in the national league, which has previously been done in Tahiti with the under 19’s and is continuously happening with Besta United in PNG, in a video released on the Vanuatu Football Federation Facebook page.
Watch the entire video at the bottom of the article.
“I’ve talked to Peter (Takaro, VFF Technical Director) about how the local league is very important. About how we can make it stronger and better, we talked about putting the Under 20 team in a training camp to prepare for the 2026 World Cup.
“We talked about getting the U20 team together to play in the league. Maybe not this year, but the year after, so they’re playing competitively in the league together,” Munster said.
He admits he’s not quite sure how fast it is doable but believes it will be a major stepping stone.
“I’m not sure how it would happen, but I have been thinking about it the last few days. We have to think about the future also. I’m here for a few years, but you never know what happens in the future. We are thinking about now, and what we could do long term,”
Although his contract doesn’t officially start before the first day of March, Munster is very eager to get to work.
“I’m not here for a holiday, I’m here to work. I see huge potential in the team. I’ve looked at the first team and the U23’s and I think there is huge potential.”