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Koloale sign Nawo, Naka

There was speculation in the media about Nawo leaving the country to play with Amicale and indeed the player himself did declare intentions to play for the Solomon Islander dominated Vanuatu club side after an USD$800 a week package was offered to him. There was drama as well when Nawo cancelled his ticket for Vanuatu at the last minute following round-the-clock negotiations between Koloale and members of his family.
All that is history now after Koloale released a statement to the Solomon Star through their vice president, Timothy Aruafu, to report that they have sorted out everything with Nawo and he has agreed to stay with them.
“Yes we can confirm that Nawo has signed with us for the coming season. This follows our negotiations with him in which we have been able to convince him at the last minute to continue playing for us after a fine season for him and the club,” Aruafu says.
This was confirmed by Nawo himself yesterday. Nawo stated that after consultations with Koloale and his family he decided that he will stay with Koloale for one more season at least.
“I will be playing for Koloale in the O-League and the S-League for the coming season. Koloale has approached my family on the matter of my transfer to Amicale and after some deep discussions with them I have agreed to the terms they have offered me,” Nawo says.
Nawo acknowledges that Koloale have sweetened the deal for him to stay with them for another season but refused to go into the details saying only that he has secured an improved package.
“They (Koloale) have made some improvements to my contract with them and that was part of the reason I changed my mind,” Nawo says.
With the Nawo matter sorted Koloale are now pursuing the transfer of James Naka from Rewa Football Club in Fiji. Solomon Star reports that Naka has already put pen to paper with Koloale and confirmation for this also came from Aruafu. Koloale is now awaiting Rewa Football Club to formalise an International Transfer Certificate (ITC) with the Fiji Football Association and then Naka will be cleared to wear the famous green and gold of the national champions.
With both Nawo and Naka in the team Koloale will have at their disposal a potent strike force for the O-League and Telekom S-League. Both are utility players in their own right but both favour attacking role. Their ability was exhibited during the recent Pacific Games when both players made a significant contribution to Solomon Islands’ second place finish. Both Naka and Nawo have pace and can interchange between right and left as well as shift forward to the striker’s position when needed.
Aruafu says that Koloale is aiming to put together the best team possible for their campaigns in the O-League and Telekom S-League as they are looking for top results this season regionally and nationally.
“Naka’s inclusion will strengthen our attack when combined with Nawo on the left. It is our dream to have the best players from Solomon Islands to support our objectives in the S-League and the O-League,” Aruaufu says.
The piece of the puzzle that Koloale are yet to secure is Benjamin Totori. Last season the striker scored 23 times for Koloale and was the main ingredient to their national title success. Totori is yet to make up his mind about whether to stay with Koloale or head back to New Zealand to rejoin Waitakere United, the club he played for before signing for Koloale in 2010. Waitakere United has already lodged a request for an international transfer to the Solomon Islands Football Federation (SIFF) through New Zealand Football.
Aruafu says that Koloale is still negotiating with Totori about spending another season with them and they are yet to receive a final decision from him.
“We have spoken with Totori about our plans for him but at this stage we are giving him some space. Hopefully, by tomorrow we should be able to know his mind but we really want him to be a part of our 2012 team,” Aruafu says.
Koloale will take on Auckland City in their first O-League match of the 2012 season. Their match is scheduled for Saturday 29 October and will be held at Lawson Tama.

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