Malaita Kings Football Club of Honiara, Solomon Islands is proud to officially announce the departure of our player and U17 National representative, Charles Mani. Charles will be on a 2-year scholarship to New Zealand.
The scholarship is part of an arrangement between Malaita Kings FC, Glenfield Rovers Football Club and Long Bay College on the Northshore of Auckland City.
Malaita Kings Club Manager, Jeremy Masalo says, ‘all the credit goes to Long Bay College for offering the 2-year scholarship for Charles to study and continue his football journey.
Charles lost his dear father recently and to overcome that challenge and rise to become the U17 National Team Captain is a testament of his positive attitude to life and work ethic in his football, he deserves this.
On behalf of the Malaita Kings FC family and Charles’s family, I send our sincere gratitude to Long Bay College for this blessing. Opportunities like this don’t come around often for young Solomon Islanders. I am confident Charles will do our Club, his family and Nation very proud over in New Zealand.’
Malaita Kings would also like to sincerely thank Glenfield Rovers Coach and former All White, Carl Jorgensen, the Head Coach of Glenfield Rovers. Carl was instrumental in liaising with our Kings FC Manager Jeremy in getting Charles across. The logistic efforts to get Charles across was frustrating at times, but Kings FC thanks Carl for his patience and persistence in seeing this through.
Apart from playing for the Long Bay College first 11 soccer team, Charles will also be part of the Glenfield Rovers Premier Men’s team in the Northern Premier League. Coach Carl Jorgensen states that ‘everyone is excited and honoured at having a player of Charles calibre involved with Long Bay College and Glenfield Rovers.
It will be both an exciting and challenging time for Charles. It will be a great opportunity for Charles to develop both as a student and footballer, hoping these experiences will help him in the future.’
Malaita Kings FC endeavours to strengthen the partnership with Long Bay College and Glenfield Rovers, to enable more young players to go to NZ in Charle’s footsteps. Charles will fly out of Honiara on Friday 10th May.