One of the most celebrated players of Solomon Islands and Oceania recently signed his first professional contract with the top-tier South African side Maritzburg United. Since Micah Lea’alafa signed for his new club, he played in 11 matches for the team and did not record any assist or goal so far.
Despite having a great history in Auckland City back in New Zealand, his former club, Lea’alafa is having difficulties to establish himself in his team – a completely different level that he was used to when playing in Oceania.
The challenge is big, but Lea’alafa has the talent to break into the high stages and make his country and all the region proud of his football career. The player seemed a good pick from the coach Eric Tinkler in Maritzburg, being a danger for the opposition defenses and creating opportunities to score for his teammates.
Since the Solomon Islander was subbed in the first half – after only 38 minutes of play – against SuperSport United the player did not feature in the two matches of his club, against Chippa United and AmaZulu, not even being an option for the coach in the bench.
The forward received critics from the fans and seemed to be droppeb by Maritzburg staff in the previous matches, since there are not any reports the player was injured – in the match against SuperSport which the player left the pitch still in the first half, there were no reports of Lea’alafa injury in the South African media sites.
Despite having an interesting start in Maritzburg, Lea’alafa could not keep the good form for the team in his previous appearances: this is part of football, the competition is in a higher level in South African top-tier league than in ISPS Handa Premiership in New Zealand – where Lea’alafa achieved success – and the forward needs time to adapt to his new reality. Eleven games are not much, the season is long and Micah Lea’alafa deserves to resume to the team to show his capabilities.