November 29, 2023

Bong Kalo out of Champions League competition

Vanuatu’s big superstar will miss the O-League with injury

Vanuatu’s top attacking midfielder, Bong Kalo is out of action for six weeks according to reports from his doctor after he injured his right foot during the final of the UNELCO Cup hosted by the Port Vila Football Association last Thursday.

Bong Kalo at the U20 World Cup in May 2017 (Photo credit: FIFA)

Football in Oceania knows that Bong is on loan with Nalkutan FC, coached by recently resigned Vanuatu coach Moise Poida, to play in the OFC Champions League, which kicks off this week in Vanuatu but he decided to play for his local club Tafea FC in the UNELCO Cup final against Erakor Golden Star last Thursday and injured his right foot.

The Vanuatu U20 captain came off the field 15 minutes before the end of the match and felt the pain in his right foot.

On Friday he went to the hospital for a medical checkup and his doctor found out that he has a broken bone in his small toe.

The 21-year-old’s doctor, Albert Kaiapam, said he will not play any football for at least five to six weeks.

Kalo said he shouldn’t have played in the grand final with Tafea FC against Erakor Golden Star last Thursday and regrets it a lot.

Kalo is the first Vanuatu player to go to Europe. He flew just after the FIFA U 20 World Cup in Korea to do trials with clubs in Spain and Switzerland last year, eventually securing a contract with lower league Swiss side Ascona.

With this injury, he will no play for Nalkutan FC in the OFC Champions League Group Stage which kicks off this weekend at Korman Sporting Complex.

Most of Vanuatu football fans are not happy but they will go out there this weekend to support their local club Nalkutan as they play their first Champions League competition against Fiji giant club, Ba FC at 5pm local time on Saturday.

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