My Name Is, My Name Is… Not Celvin Kalinga

After a bit of internet digging and putting two and two together, Iain Watkins has unmasked the identity of the Swindon Town trialist ‘Celvin Kalinga’. 

‘Kalinga’ apparently turned up at Swindon Town training at Liddington and asked for a trial two-weeks ago.

The heavily right-footed midfielder / winger / full-back ‘Kalinga’ netted the opener in a 2-0 win at Yate Town on Friday evening before appearing in the first-half of Town’s 3-0 win at Swindon Supermarine on Saturday.

Speaking to the Swindon Advertiser before the Yate Town game, Town manager Mark Cooper explained how ‘Kalinga’ came to be involved in his side, having been initially listed as ‘A Trialist’ when he entered the field of play.

“We were training on the first Friday back and I stepped off the pitch for a little bit and I got a tap on the shoulder and there was a kid stood behind me. He asked if he could have a trial and said he had been playing in Belgium last season, so for the sheer gall of it we said he could train with us and he did alright. He’s told me he played for Royal Antwerp last year, which is pretty good, and I thought he did okay.”

Following the link to Belgian side Royal Antwerp, a chap by the name of Calvin Prince-Abdillah appeared as a scholar in the club’s B-team during the 2013/14 season.

Calvin Prince-Abdillah

He appears to be British, having played amateur football in the Reading area for Caversham Park Village in 2012 before a brave leap moving to Belgium for his footballing scholarship.

His LinkedIn profile confirms he was educated in Reading and:

Just finished my first year playing reserve team football at Royal Antwerp FC. I am now a free agent and looking for a new club in Europe.

If you’d like to befriend him on Facebook – here’s the link.

I can’t understand why he, or the club, would give a false surname ‘Mr Kalinga’ seeing he’s no world-beater..?




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