25 year old, Nigerien international defender Kofi Dankwae is coming for trials at Sporting Clube De Goa as the Goan club is looking to complete its foreign lineup before the upcoming Federation Cup and the I-League. Sporting have already signed three foreigners. Liberian/Australian striker Boima Karpeh, Trinidadian World Cupper, Anthony Wulfe, their marquee, who also plays as a striker and another Trinidadian defender, Glenton Wulfe. Thus, if Kofi is selected, he will the fourth and final foreigner for Sporting.
Kofi Dankwae is an established international defender and he is coming after playing back to back games for Niger’s national team in African Cup Of Nations qualifiers against Cape Verde on 15th November and Mozambique on 19th November. Kofi has also played in AFCON for Niger in 2012 as well as 2013 and hence can potentially qualify as a marquee player for the I-League as per AIFF’s rules.
Kofi Dankwae was born and brought up in Ghana. He naturalized to play for Niger’s national team. It was his goal that qualified Niger to the finals of AFCON for the first time in 2012. He was given a brand new 4 wheel drive by the President of Niger for this feat. He began his club career with Sahel SC of Niger in 2007-08 season. He moved to Tunisian club ES Zarzis in 2010-11 where he played over fifty matches and notched up four goals. After spending three seasons at the Tunisian side, Kofi signed up for Bidvest Witts in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League in 2013-14 season.
After having a memorable 2013/14 season, The Flaming Oranje have not had an expected start to their campaign and have failed to impress in the Goa Pro League. Sporting were also knocked out in the semifinals of the recently concluded Durand Cup where they were found wanting at the back on numerous occasions. Kofi is a center back who can also play as a defensive midfielder and Sporting are looking to shore up their defense before the Federation Cup kicks off. The 25 year old may prove to be an important cog in the lineup if he is able to impress the management at the club.