Out was 32-year-old stocky striker from South Africa, Nkosinathi ‘Toni’ Antonio Nhleko.
Sarawak coach Robert Alberts said the decision to pick the 28- year-old Kalle was arrived at a meeting to discuss the local and foreign imports needed by Sarawak for next season.Kalle joined compatriot and defender Guy Bwele, who was picked three days ago, said Alberts.
“We were actually looking closely at Nhleko but he did not meet all our criteria for selection.We chose Kalle and have given him a year’s contract,” said Alberts.
Sarawak have also decided to hire two locals, both goalkeepers, for next season’s campaign.They are Sani Anuar Kamsani and Saiful Amar Sudar.Others picked are striker and midfielder K.Rajan, Depan Sakwati (midfield, defence), K.
Ravindran (striker), defenders Yosri Derma Raju, Ramesh Laiban Huat, Mohd.Azizan Baba and Mohd.
Rashid Mohd Aya.
Also in are two youngsters discovered during Sarawak’s trip to scout for talent throughout the state recently – midfielder Shahrol Abdul Malek and striker Ronald Denis.
Alberts said the presence of the young players in the state squad will make Sarawak a more potent force in the M-League.
“I will start to work on them through regular training and for now we have no plans to play friendly matches against top Sarawak clubs,” said Alberts.
Sarawak plan to tour Bandung, Indonesia next month to play against top professional Bandung sides.
“We are due to play matches against four top teams in the Liga Super Indonesia (ISL).The teams are Persip Bandung, Persika Bandung, Pelita Jaya and a Bandung Selection,” he said.