Panama ‘Kinell! Port Sign Striker Blackburn


As a chaotic week at Port FC draws to a close, the club have confirmed the signing of Panamanian international striker Rolando Blackburn on loan from Bolivian Primera Division side The Strongest. And if anyone thinks that’s an amusing name, note that they’re not alone – the Bolivian top division also features teams called Sport Boys, Always Ready, Blooming, and best of all, Jorge Wilstermann. The Strongest were runners-up in the 2019 Apertura (like many South American leagues, Bolivia awards a title for the team winning the first leg of the season – the Apertura – and the second leg – the Clausura – with each winner playing off for the ultimate title), and Blackburn was third highest scorer. He also figured for the Panama national side in the recent CONCACAF Gold Cup.

Apart from a spell in the Slovakian league, where he scored 20 goals in 53 games for FC Senica, the 29-yr old has spent most of his career in Panama, Guatemala and Bolivia, and has scored goals wherever he’s played, most recently banging in 20 in 26 for The Strongest, suggesting that if he can do it on a wet Wednesday night in La Paz he should be able to do it in Thailand.

Blackburn joins on loan until the end of the 2019 season, with no indication whether there’s an option to make the deal permanent. Welcome to Port Rolando, and all of us at The Sandpit wish you a successful spell in the blue & orange shirt!

Where this leaves Port’s other foreign strikers, Boskovic and Josimar, remains to be seen, but for Blackburn to be registered one of them – or indeed one of Rochela or Suarez – will have to make way. More news on that as soon as we get it.



Tim Russell

Tim Russell

The founder and editor of The Sandpit, Tim has been in SE Asia since 2003 and in Bangkok since 2012, where he runs a travel tech business. Tim has followed Port FC since 2014, and is also a fan of his hometown club Coventry City, and French club AS St-Etienne. He has written for the likes of Football365, ITV.com, NME and The Quietus, and is a regular contributor to God Is In the TV. He's a keen photographer and his work can be seen on his website.

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