December 7, 2023

Another Solomons player to Malta

Atkin Kaua is on his way to trial with Tarxien Rainbows of the Maltese Premier League.

Atkin Kaua is on his way to trial with Tarxien Rainbows of the Maltese Premier League.

Atkin Kaua
Atkin Kaua in action for the Solomon Islands during their training camp in the Netherlands ahead of the 2019 Pacific Games. (Photo credit: Netherlands Oceania Support Foundation)

With the help of Kaua’s club Laugu United and the Solomon Islands Football Federation, the player is now on his way to Malta for a trial.

“It could take one day or two weeks. It all depends on the judgment of the coach. It’s hard to tell,” Paul Driessen, founder of the Netherlands Oceania Support Foundation, tells Football in Oceania.

Tarxien Rainbows is the same club where Joses Nawo has also been invited to trial. The status of his funding for that trip is still unclear.

“Henderson Eels allows Joses to chase his dreams but prefers to financially invest in youth development instead. SIFF is willing to provide financial support on the condition that his club contributes as well, so the Crowdfunding campaign is super important” Driessen says.

He informs Football in Oceania that they need an additional €925 for Nawo’s fundraiser.

Upon arrival in Malta on Friday, Kaua will have a fitness test. On Saturday local time, he will have a chance to see his host team in action in the 14th round of the Premier League as they take on 9th placed Mosta FC.

Tarxien Rainbows are rock bottom of the Premier League with only one point from their first 13 games.

“The fact that Atkin has been invited for trial here in Europe is a great recognition of Solomon football. Whatever the outcome of the trial will be – This at least raises European awareness for Solomon Islands and potential for more future trials,” Driessen said in a statement.

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