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Sole, Totori Join Blues

Sole, Totori Join Blues
Benjamin Totori of Waitakere United clebrates scoring goal during the New Zealand Football Championship final at Fred Taylor Park on April 24, 2010 in Auckland, New Zealand. Photo: Zimbio.
December 28
11:00 2017

Lautoka die-hard fans in New Zealand would pay accommodation and travel expenses

Lautoka has secured the services of prolific Solomon Islands striker Benjamin Totori and fomer New Zealand Under-17 midfielder Zane Sole for the O-League in February

Their presence will no doubt boost Lautoka’s attack as they try to be the first team from Fiji to qualify from the OFC.

Lautoka FA president Abdul Kadar said the expenses for Totori would be met by stalwart supporter Kartik Reddy while Sole’s was through another sugar city supporter Ahmed Dean, both of whom reside in New Zealand.

“They are die-hard fans of Lautoka and would be meeting their expenses including hotel accommodation and air tickets.”

Kadar said he was also having talks with one more player from New Zealand but would disclose the name once an agreement was reached.

For the small but speedy striker Totori, who is expected to join Lautoka on January 13, the OFC is no new battle as he has already 43 appearances in the championships under his belt while playing for Waitakare United.

This also saw him score 22 goals with five assists.

Totori made a name for himself with NZFC side YoungHeart Manawatu before moving to Richmond Athletic and then onto Waitakere United in 2007.

In 2008, he moved abroad signing with the Portland Timbers in the United States after impressing New Zealand-born coach Gavin Wilkinson.

Totori returned to Waitakere United after injury cut short his career in the USA.

He joined Koloale FC Honiara in October 2010 after another successful spell in New Zealand and immediately ended up as top goal scorer in the Telekom S-league, netting 23 goals in only 19 matches.

On 19 June 2012 Totori signed a one-year deal with Hyundai A-League club Wellington Phoenix.

On 14 June 2013, Totori and Wellington Phoenix mutually decided to terminate his contract, allowing him to join the Oakleigh Cannons for the remainder of the 2013 season.

From 2014 until 2017 he played in his homeland for Western United and then moved over to New Zealand where he plays for Three Kings United in the NRFL Premier

Meanwhile, Sole, 25, a midfielder, was brought in from Port Melbourne Sharks and is likely to replace seasoned Lautoka and national player Zibraaz Sahib who may not make the trip to New Zealand.

He was previously signed up by Truro City FC (England), APIA Leichhardt (Australia), Hawkes Bay (New Zealand), Northcote City (Australia), Heidelberg United (Australia) and Waitakere United (New Zealand).

Sole is expected to join the Lautoka camp on January 3.

Edited by Osea Bola

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