Raphael Lea’i still unavailable for FK Velež Mostar’s competitive debut in 2023

Raphael Lea’i, the star player from the Solomon Islands, has yet to make his debut for his new team, Velež Mostar in Bosnia and Herzegovina. According to a team staff member, Adnan Dizdarević, Lea’i is still not fully registered to play in the Bosnia Cup match against HSK Posušje, which is scheduled to be played today (18th Feb) – “There were some difficulties with the registration and I hope that next week it will be completed, and that Raphael will have the right to perform in the first round“, said Dizdarević.

Lea’i made history as the first player from the Solomon Islands to sign a professional contract with a European football club. He joined Velež Mostar in January 2023, after impressing during a trial with the team. The 19-year-old striker is considered a rising star in his home country and has already made a name for himself in the international football scene. “Raphael is very popular in Mostar, everyone is waiting to see him on the field in an official match“, added Velež’s coach.

Lea’i in training – SportSport.ba

However, despite his impressive track record, Lea’i has encountered some administrative issues that have delayed his debut for Velež Mostar. It is unclear what specific registration requirements he has yet to fulfill, but it is likely that the process will be complete within the next few days and he will be available for the first national league match in Bosnia and Herzegovina against Tuzla City (26th Feb).

Lea’i’s fans in the Solomon Islands are eagerly anticipating his debut for Velež Mostar and are hoping that he will continue to make waves in the international football scene. With his talent and drive, it seems only a matter of time before he makes his mark in European football.


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