Derry City to add Nigerian striker to squad

Akanni-Sunday Wasiu

Akanni-Sunday Wasiu

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HUGELY impressed with Derry City’s goalscoring record last season, new Brandywell boss, Roddy Collins, has high hopes of surpassing that target of 47 league goals.

And in order to achieve that the Dubliner has opted to add yet another striker to his squad with former Floriana hitman, Akanni-Sunday Wasiu, expected to arrive this weekend for further discussions.

The Nigerian national, who played under Collins when he managed in Malta several years ago, is currently playing for a Non-League side in England having returned from a season playing in China.

“I’ve actually got a few bob left in the budget and with Sunday available until July, I’ve been thinking of bringing him in as he brings something different to the table,” declared Collins last night.

“While I’m obsolutely delighted to have Rory Patterson, Mark Stewart, Enda Curran and Ryan Curran as my four strikers, Sunday would give us something different.

“He’s the type of front man who is excellent at holding the ball up and creating scoring opportunities for his team in matches.

“Having widely played as a lone striker, the ball always seems to stick to him so should we need to play it long in games, then I would see him as the perfect target man.

“I’m fully aware of his capabilities but I’ve asked him to travel over and, possibly, get him to play in this Sunday’s game against a Derry & District F.A. Select at the Brandywell,” continued Collins.

“This season we must be in a position to switch our style of play and, of course, have players comfortable of playing in different systems so, to that end, Sunday certainly fits the bill.

“He’s now 29-years-old, he’s physically strong and he appears to be keen to experience playing football in the League of Ireland.”

And in order to achieve that the Dubliner has opted to add yet another striker to his squad with former Floriana hitman, Akanni-Sunday Wasiu, expected to arrive this weekend for further discussions.

The Nigerian national, who played under Collins when he managed in Malta several years ago, is currently playing for a Non-League side in England having returned from a season playing in China.

“I’ve actually got a few bob left in the budget and with Sunday available until July, I’ve been thinking of bringing him in as he brings something different to the table,” declared Collins last night.

“While I’m obsolutely delighted to have Rory Patterson, Mark Stewart, Enda Curran and Ryan Curran as my four strikers, Sunday would give us something different.

“He’s the type of front man who is excellent at holding the ball up and creating scoring opportunities for his team in matches.

“Having widely played as a lone striker, the ball always seems to stick to him so should we need to play it long in games, then I would see him as the perfect target man.

“I’m fully aware of his capabilities but I’ve asked him to travel over and, possibly, get him to play in this Sunday’s game against a Derry & District F.A. Select at the Brandywell,” continued Collins.

“This season we must be in a position to switch our style of play and, of course, have players comfortable of playing in different systems so, to that end, Sunday certainly fits the bill.

“He’s now 29-years-old, he’s physically strong and he appears to be keen to experience playing football in the League of Ireland.”

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