Brian Kaltak is inches away from becoming Vanuatu’s first ever footballer to play in a FIFA Club World Cup.

The 2021 OFC Champions League was cancelled due to the various COVID-19 restrictions across OFC’s Member Associations, meaning no matches were played.

As a result, OFC’s Executive Committee nominated a representative from the Confederation based strictly on sporting merit principles, the representative being Auckland City FC.

OFC and Vanuatu Football Federation (VFF) President Lambert Maltock expressed on social media how proud he was of Kaltak so far.

“It’s indeed a personal pride to witness with much delight how our national captain Brian Kaltak is progressing steadily to reach his dreams in football,” he said.

“If Auckland City FC list him in the final list for the FIFA Club World Club 2021, it will be a great personal achievement and for Vanuatu football.

“I’m also delighted and proud to see him nominated by FIFA to sign an agreement for the new FIFA Documentary. There were only six football captains in the world who were recommended.

“I’m proud for Oceania football, Vanuatu and Brian’s determination, passion and willingness to complete his dreams. I salute you as the first elite of the 2008 Teouma Academy intakes.”

The Netflix FIFA Documentary will highlight the preparations towards the FIFA World Cup 2022 involving six countries including Vanuatu.

Kaltak said he is looking forward to the upcoming opportunities on and off the pitch.

“Vanuatu was chosen as FIFA was looking for interesting content to be added to their documentary, we are proud to be chosen
among the six countries,” he said.

“As part of my preparations I’m also happy to represent Vanuatu and the Pacific in the FIFA Club World Cup 2021 at the end of the year.

“It is a dream come true for me and if I am selected to be in the final team, I will make sure that I fly Vanuatu’s flag for the whole world to see.”

Courtesy of VFF