Solomon Islands international Ian Kalu moves to New Zealand’s league

Ian Kalu, the talented Solomon Islands international, has been signed by Napier City Rovers, a Central League club in New Zealand. The young defender played his last season for Waneagu United in the Telekom S-League, and he also has experience in Australian football.

Kalu was a key player for Solomon Islands in the OFC FIFA World Cup qualifying tournament, where his team lost a spot in the Intercontinental Play-off to New Zealand in the decisive match of the qualifiers. Despite the disappointment, Kalu’s impressive performances caught the attention of former Solomon Islands international Andrew Abba, who recommended him to Napier City Rovers.

Ian Kalu (right) playing against New Zealand in 2022

Napier City Rovers, coached by Englishman Bill Robertson, ended up in 8th position last season in the New Zealand National League after qualifying from the Central League to final national league stage. Napier will be looking to improve upon that result with the addition of Kalu. The 23-year-old defender has already touched down in New Zealand and is ready to start preparations for the upcoming season in the Central League.

Kalu’s arrival will undoubtedly bolster Napier City Rovers’ defense, and his experience at the international level will be valuable for the team’s success. With Robertson at the helm and a talented roster, Napier City Rovers will be hoping to make a strong push for promotion to the New Zealand National League in the upcoming season.

Overall, the signing of Ian Kalu to Napier City Rovers is a promising move for both the club and the young defender. It will be exciting to see how Kalu adapts to the Central League and contributes to the team’s success in the upcoming season.


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