17 Jan 2009

Manawatu move for Maemae in window

8:15 am on 17 January 2009

While the world's richest football club Manchester City splash hundreds of millions of dollars around in the English transfer window, a rather more modest process is underway in New Zealand's Football Championship.

YoungHeart Manawatu have given their NZFC play-off hopes a boost by swooping for Solomon Island internationals Alick Maemae and Nelson Sale Kalifa in the transfer window.

The pair were released by Auckland City before Christmas, and YoungHeart coach Bob Sova says he had little hesitation in asking them to return to Palmerston North.

Attacking midfielder Maemae played 41 games for Manawatu - scoring 12 times - in the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons, while Sale played 19 times for the club in 2006-07.

With last year's golden boot Gonzalo Nieres already back in Uruguay for family reasons - and now officially released from YoungHeart's squad - Sova thought the addition of Maemae would add plenty in attack.