All Whites defender Nikko Boxall signs for City in time for FIFA Club World Cup

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All Whites defender Nikko Boxall has signed for Auckland City in time for the club’s FIFA Club World Cup campaign in Morocco.

Boxall (30) began his youth career with Auckland City and sister club Central United but has played overseas since 2015.

He has re-joined his former club from USL Championship club San Diego Loyals where he spent the 2022 season.

The centre back played for New Zealand under two coaches, Fritz Schmid and Danny Hay.

Auckland City FC coach Albert Riera told the club’s website: “Nikko is a player who we have been aware of for some time and whom we know very well. He fits our profile and has the attributes to not only thrive for us but bring experience that benefits the whole club.

“We know Nikko through his brother Michael and they are both athletes who take care of themselves and the Boxall name has a history with our club.

“You can already tell from the first few training sessions that Nikko is a very good player and a good communicator with great experience.”

Boxall: ‘It’s the dream to make it there …’

Boxall said: “I am very much excited to start this journey with Auckland City FC. It has been one of my dreams to go to a FIFA Club World Cup, and I feel like this is a great opportunity at the right time.

“I always kept my eye on Auckland City FC at past FIFA Club World Cups and wanted them to cause an upset.

“For a football club in New Zealand, it’s the dream to make it there and make something happen. I want to give my best for the club in Morocco.”

Boxall’s professional career has taken him around the world with stints at SVN Zweibrucken (Germany), Vaasan Palloseura (Finland), Kuopion Palloseura (Finland), Viborg FF (Denmark), Seinajoen Jalkapallokerho (Finland) and San Diego Loyal (United States).

Main photo: Nikko Boxall … returns to Kiwitea St after eight years abroad. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

Nikko Boxall (centre) at Auckland City’s training session at Crum Park Auckland. Photo: Shane Wenzlick / www.phototek.nz

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