The National – Wednesday 05th October, 2011
EASTER Star FC has acquired the services of former Chilean professional footballer and coach Luis Jaime Gomez as their head coach for the 2011-12 Telikom National Soccer League season.
The semi-professional competition which is expected to start in two weeks time has attracted two new franchise in Gigira Laitepo Central FC and Wau Bulolo FC.
Others include Stars, defending champions Hekari United, Petro Souths and Tukoko Unitech FC.
Gomez, who played professional football with one of Chile’s giant clubs, Universidad Catholica Futball Club, took over training this week at the Bisini Football Park in conjunction with the arrival of the Solomon Island imports, Timothy Joe and Karol Kakate.
The other Solomon Islander James Naka has opted to remain with Koloale FC for the O-League challenge after earlier indicating moving to the Stars.
Franchise owner Joseph Ealedona said Gomez had brought into the team a fresh input of professional football training with a flavour of South American input of playing the world game.
“I like the intensity and his talk on simple but beautiful football and the boys love the way he has started them off.
“I know this will greatly contribute to the football development of the individual players and the team and make us go one step up this season.”
Gomez played pro-football for six years with Universidad Catholica FC in the 1960-70s before coaching.
He is in the country holding a senior management position with Air Niugini.
Ealedona said he retained the services of Solomon Island coach Eddie Omokirio and trainer Milton Gori, who will both work with Gomez to take Eastern Stars FC to the next level.
The Stars have obtained the services of Hekari FC’s David Taro and the core of the players from last season except for Adrian Komu and Paul Wale
The Stars have maintained the core of their players with Hekari FC defender David Taro joining the camp while Adrian Komu and Solomon Islander Paul Wale.