Defensive lineman Siasau “Saui” Matagiese was ready for the real world.
After completing his UH eligibility this past November, he earned his bachelor’s degree a month later. He then notified UH coaches he would not be participating in last week’s pro day.
As it turned out, Matagiese was not ready to give up the Xs and Os — well, at least the X part. He signed to play for the Asahi Soft Drinks Challengers of the X-League, Japan’s professional football league. He leaves Kauai at the beginning of May.
“Just thankful for the opportunity,” Matagiese wrote in a text message.
Several former Warriors have made post-UH careers in Japan. Kevin Jackson, a former UH d-end, had a lengthy and profitable career there.
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Congrats to former UH defensive tackle Kaniela Tuipulotu, who goes to 2-0 in his MMA career with last night’s victory.