Totori to join Lautoka Jan 13

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Solomon Islands striker Benjamin Totori in focus mode against New Zealand during last September’s Oceania World Cup Qualifier match at Lawson Tama Stadium in Honiara.
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SOLOMON Islands prolific striker Benjamin Totori will join Fijian soccer club Lautoka Blues on January 13, the Fiji Sun confirms yesterday.

Totori has been recruited by the Fijian champions to boost their campaign in next month’s Oceania Football Confederation (OFC) club champions league along with the former New Zealand under-17 midfielder Zana Zole who had already joined the team’s training camp on Tuesday.

Totori’s arrival in Fiji on January 13 will enable him to feature for his new club against Labasa in the Pillay’s Garments Champion versus Champion match at Subrail Park on Saturday January 19.

Totori said he is pleased to join Lautoka for the championship and promises to deliver to his best.

In the Solomon Islands domestic competition, Totori featured for Western United but could not help his side finish top in the Telekom S-League.

“I think Lautoka believes a lot in me and that’s why they called me up to be part of their Oceania club championship campaign. I’m so looking forward to join them.”

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Totori said as soon as the relevant authorities sort out his International Transfer Card (ITC) for his release then he will leave for Fiji.

“At the moment I’m only awaiting my ITC to get sorted out. As soon as that is complete, then I can go,” Totori told SunSPORTS last week.

Lautoka’s move to recruit Totori and the former Young All White to their roster will certainly be a bonus to their Oceania campaign according to Lautoka Football president Abdul Kadar.

Meanwhile, Lautoka was drawn in Group C and will face defending Oceania champions Auckland City of New Zealand, AS Venus (Tahiti) and Madang FC of Papua New Guinea (PNG).

The champions league’s Group C competition will begin on February 24 and will be hosted in Auckland, New Zealand.

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