The All Whites defender Nikko Boxall, 30-year-old, is the new acquisition for Auckland City FC as per announcement made today. The player is already training with the squad at Nixon Park aiming the preparations for the Club World Cup 2022 in Morocco. He is Michael Boxall’s brother who also played for All Whites and for the Navy Blues. Nikko returns to Kiwitea Street as he started his youth career with Auckland City and Central United.
“I played for Auckland City FC in the National Youth League and I also played for Central United FC and always enjoyed my time here at Kiwitea Street. I played a handful of first team games for Central United FC before I left for the US. Kiwitea Street is my home in a football sense here in New Zealand and I’m happy to be here,” mentioned the player to the press on this very morning.
The experienced defender commented that he is very happy to return home after having lived in the United States and played there for a long time. The player also had stints in Europe, playing for clubs such as SVN Zweibrucken (Germany), Vaasan Palloseura (Finland), Kuopion Palloseura (Finland), Viborg FF (Denmark), Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho (Finland).
“I am very much excited to start this journey with Auckland City FC. It has been one of my dreams to go to a FIFA Club World Cup, and I feel like this is a great opportunity at the right time.“, said Nikko.
Albert Riera, Navy Blues commander, is delighted with this new transfer who will help the team in the next big challenge against Al Ahly. “Nikko is a player who we have been aware of for some time and whom we know very well. He fits our profile and has the attributes to not only thrive for us but bring experience that benefits the whole club.“, said Riera.
Boxall has made six appearances for the All Whites and two games for the U-20 national team.