One of the most promising defenders from Papua New Guinea, Nigel Malagian went through some tough times this season after suffering a stroke in July. He was taken to the hospital after he fainted during his daily work-out training.
Malagian joined Lae City FC in March after leaving Tusbab Stallions. Unfortunately, he did not have much time to show his talent at his new club as the 2019-20 PNG National Soccer League was forced to stop in March due to COVID-19 pandemics and it was resumed in August – a few weeks after his scary incident.
It has been three months since he suffered a stroke and he is not fully recovered yet: “I am doing rehabilitation with the physiotherapist. Things are going really well,” said Malagian. Despite the problems, the 24-year-old full back made a point of being close to his teammates in the remainder of the season, so he was able to celebrate the national title with the team.
With the end of the 2019-20 PNG National Soccer League season, Malagian will have more time to focus on his recovery for the next season: “I am totally focused on my rehabilitation, I hope to be able to run again soon,” he stated.
There is still no date for the start of next season. However, we hope that Malagian will be available to show his quality again, for the good of local football. Oceania Football Center wish him to recover soon.