The return of Brian Kaltak, the 29-year-old Vanuatu national team captain, to action in Australia for Central Coast Mariners was highly anticipated by both the team and the fans. After being controversially sent off in the previous match against Sydney FC, Kaltak was eager to prove himself on the field.
In the match against Perth Glory last Saturday (18th Feb), Kaltak had an impressive game overall, continuing to be praised by the local fans. However, it was the Tunisian Selim Khelifi who scored two goals upfront for Glory, putting Central Coast Mariners in a difficult position.
But with two late penalties scored by Socceroos member Jason Cummings, the Mariners managed to make a remarkable recovery and salvage a point from the game, ending it in a 2-2 draw.
Central Coast Mariners are currently sitting at the 2nd position in the A-League table, the most important football league of Australia. However, they are now seven points away from the top-placed Melbourne City, and every game counts towards their bid for the championship.
Kaltak’s return to action is a positive sign for the Mariners, as he adds depth and quality to the team’s defense. His leadership and experience will be crucial for the team’s success in the upcoming matches. With his authomatic addition to the as soon as he was available shows the coach Nick Montgomery really believes in Kaltak’s capabilities.