Kalotang: a surname to watch in Vanuatu football

Throughout the history of football, we have seen some families and surnames that have gained notoriety in the sport. The Maldini are one of the greatest examples: Cesare and Paolo have made history playing for Milan, each in their own time.

Another great example are the brothers Jerome and Kevin-Prince Boateng, who play for different National Teams and played against each other in the 2014 World Cup. Another notable case is the Tehau family, who had four of their number representing Tahiti in the Confederations Cup in 2013.

In Vanuatu it is no different either as Brian Kaltak, Jean Kaltack and Tony Kaltack are relatives and represented their nation internationally. However, there is a new surname that is calling the attention in the country: Kalotang.

Keiben Kalotang, Massing Kalotang and Tonly Kalotang: three young players that are starting to shine in Vanuatu. They are nephews of Noel Kalotang, former goalkeeper and current Erakor Golden Star’s goalkeepers coach. Keiben and Massing are brothers while Tonly is their cousin. All of them have passed through the Erakor Golden Star’s youth system.

Tonly (left), Kieben (middle) and Massing (right)

Tonly Kalotang left Erakor Golden Star and joined Ifira Black Bird last year. The 23-year-old forward became one of Ifira’s most important players this season, scoring important goals and helping the team win the 2019-20 PVFA Premier League title.

Massing Kalotang recently lived the best moment of his career by coming from the bench to save three penalty kicks to help Erakor Golden Star Tafea on shoot-out in the first round of PVFA Top Four. His elder brother, Keiben, is one of the most talented players to come from Erakor’s youth system in the past seasons.

None of the three have played for National Team at youth level. However, it would not be a surprise if we see the surname Kalotang in the next call-ups, both at senior level and at youth level.

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