Malaita Kings is not having the season they were expecting in Telekom S-League, the top-tier of football in the Solomon Islands, despite sitting at the 3rd position in the moment. The team from Malaita signed three important players from Papua New Guinea national team – Michael Foster, Nigel Dabinyaba and Emmanuel Simon – all of them on loan from the current PNG National Soccer League champions Lae City FC.
The high investment made by Kings were surely an attempt to get a spot in the OFC Champions League of next year or even battle for the national title – but now they sit 13 points away the fight that is having Henderson Eeels and Solomon Warriors as contenders.
Despite Dabinyaba played only two matches for Malaita Kings until now in the season and did not score a goal, Emmanuel Simon and Michael Foster scored together 11 goals for the club. The strength of the team depends much on the PNG players they have in their squad. The bad news for Malaita Kings fans is that two of their players are set to rejoin Lae City soon.
According to reliable source from Lae City FC in Papua New Guinea, Emmanuel Simon and Nigel Dabinyaba are set to move back to the team in the next week – precisely they are expected to meet the current PNG National Soccer League champions squad around 25th November. The club is preparing for the start of the new season that is scheduled to be at 7th December in PNG and for the next edition of OFC Champions League.
The other Papua New Guinean of Malaita, Michael Foster – that also played and won the national title with Lae City the previous season – is not going to leave back for his previous club and probrably will play the entire second round of Telekom S-League for Kings.
Kings is scheduled to play in the Sunday 24th November against the 2nd placed Henderson Eels and is not yet sure if the PNG duo will be available or not for the Malaita Kings staff in the match.