By Uche Dozie
Sports Writer, kick442.com-Nigeria
On Monday, USL Championship side FC Tulsa announced the signing of Akwa United and ex-Enyimba star Mfon Udoh and defender, Solomon Kwambe.
The club on its website stated its excitement over the recruitment of the players on the 2020 rooster.
”Two more players with Nigerian national team experience will be heading to the U.S. for the first time in their careers to play in Tulsa. FC Tulsa announced on Monday that it had signed forward Mfon Udoh and defender Solomon Kwambe to its 2020 roster, pending league and federation approval. Both players join teammate Raphael Ayagwa as the only three active players in the USL Championship with Nigerian national team experience.” The statement says.
The USL side is hopeful of the two bringing their exploits in Nigeria to bear as they football journey in the United States of America.
“We are extremely excited to have signed Mfon Udoh,” said FC Tulsa head coach Michael Nsien. “Mfon has a scoring ability unlike anyone in our league. In his career, typically he’s scoring in every other match that he features. Our expectation is that we quickly adapt him to our style and process so he can thrive as he normally does. Mfon is a player that has been on clubs’ radars all over the world, and it’s a credit to FC Tulsa that we were able to secure his signature. He is one of many players that has both winning and leadership qualities ingrained into them that we have brought in and will be an important piece to making FC Tulsa’s first season a success.”
“Solomon Kwambe’s presence in the FC Tulsa back line will drastically improve the defensive unit,” said Nsien. “Solomon has so much experience for a player his age, featuring in high-pressured environments such as World Cup qualifying and has been the captain of very successful clubs in Nigeria. He has great size and athleticism, playing both center back and fullback, is a strong leader and has high expectations for himself and his colleagues. Solomon will also give us scoring options on set pieces with his long-range shooting ability or his ability to win balls from service. We welcome Solomon to Tulsa, and are glad to have him on our side to fight for the club.”
27-year-old forward, Udoh is a back to back highest goal scorer of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPF) in 2017/2018 and 2018/ 2019 abridged season. He broke the record of scoring more than twenty goals in a season in the league.
Lobi Stars’ Kwambe, is a defender with great potentials helping Lobi Stars to their title win some seasons ago.He was included on Young African Player to Watch lists in 2013 that also included Liverpool FC superstar Mohammed Salah and reigning USL Championship Golden Boot winner Solomon Asante.
The two signings however, await approval from the league and federation of the USA.
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