- Posted by Drew Epperley
- On September 10, 2008
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- Player Signings
DC United is going to Africa. Instead of their usual shopping in Latin America, the club has gone in a different direction as of late. At the start of the season they signed Francis Doe (Libria) and a month ago they signed keeper Louis Crayton (Liberia).
Now they are set to bring on two more Africans this week. Club officials are confirming this report from Africa that they are about to acquire Sierra Leone defender Ibrahim Koroma as a developmental player. The 18-year old started for his country in Saturday’s World Cup qualifier against Equatorial Guinea. His current club is Kallon FC (Freetown).
Koroma joins South African forward Thabiso “Boyzzz” Khumalo, a USL2 player who will also be introduced in the coming days.
I said a while back that the league needed to start scouting in Africa. So far the few that have come over to the league have paid off for their clubs. While not much is known about Koroma, we do know that Khumalo was a USL2 All-Star this year. Its a bit of a gamble to sign a USL2 player but DC has been known in the past to take risks like this one (look at their signings this past winter for evidence).
This pretty much kills off that rumor that was said to be a done deal by some that DC would sign Carlos Will Meija. I don’t know what happened but from the looks of things DC officials wanted to make a splash by looking elsewhere before all the deadlines pass next week.