Goalkeeper’s move to Auckland City increases pressure on struggling Waiheke

Waiheke United’s struggle to avoid relegation has taken another blow with the departure of Uruguayan goalkeeper Sebastian Ciganda to national champions Auckland City.

Ciganda (29) joins Conor Tracey and Joe Wallis as Auckland City’s third goalkeeper, after six seasons with Lotto NRFL Men’s Championship side Waiheke United.

His move, made in time for the June 30 transfer deadline, is the second major setback for the Waiheke team who haven’t won a match since last August and sit at the bottom of the Championship ladder.

The club lost leading goalscorer Niko Vanina (30) to Northern League club Birkenhead United in late June.

He had scored 22 goals in the Northern League for Waiheke before the side suffered relegation to the Championship last year.

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Meanwhile, Ciganda has told Auckland City’s website:

“It’s a great chance for me and a very important step. It’s a great opportunity to keep learning with Zubi (goalkeeping coach Enaut Zubikarai) and the other ‘keepers, so I’m very happy to be here, to sign for this club, one of the most important clubs in New Zealand and in Oceania, so I’m very happy.”

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