Salgaocar FC sign former Montpellier youth product Claude Gnakpa

Derrick Pereira's outfit has completed its foreign quota for the season, by signing the French-born Ivorian attacker...
Salgaocar FC have announced the signing of Claude Gnakpa for the I-League season 2013-14.

Having come-up through Montpellier's youth ranks and having experience of playing in France, Scotland, Spain, England and Iraq, Gnakpa’s arrival will certainly give the Goans the much needed cutting edge upfront.

The striker, aged 30, has been training with Salgaocar for the last five days and claims to have heard good things about the club from the players. “The boys are good. Since my arrival, I have been welcomed,” he stated. “We laugh, have a good time.”

On being asked about how he would fit with the other foreigners, he was very positive. “Chika [Wali] is a good guy, very involved. I’ve not met [Seiji] Saito but I’ve heard he’s a good player, delivers good passes and is good with the ball, which is important since I’m a striker. As for Darryl [Duffy], he’s great and we gel really well. I hope to play alongside him,” Gnakpa observed.

General secretary of SFC, Raj Gomes has confirmed that they had now completed their foreign signings for the year 2013-14, and look forward to a good year ahead.

Head coach Derrick Pereira was eager to see how Gnakpa combined with Duffy upfront and held that he was the sort of player the club were looking to sign. “We are glad to have him (Gnakpa) on our side. His ability to break through defenses will certainly boost our strike force,” he said.

Gnakpa was equally complimentary about the coach. “I’ve enjoyed the training sessions with the coach. He (Pereira) is a good man, very respectful to players and always looking for improvement. I’ve also heard great comments about him, that he loves football, and is 100 percent into his sessions and the players,” revealed the new signing.

“I want to score goals, perform, win the I-League and the Federation Cup and am looking forward to a good season,” Gnakpa signed off.

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