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Sports News of Wednesday, 16 January 2019


Former Hearts goalie Akurugu signs with Japanese side Kyoto AC

Samuel Akurugu Samuel Akurugu

Former Accra Hearts of Oak and Sekondi Hasaacas goalkeeper, Samuel Akurugu has become the latest Ghanaian to sign for Japanese Regional League side Ococias Kyoto AC.

Akurugu earned a two-year contract from the Kansai Soccer League side following a week-long trials.

The 23-year-old shot-stopper moved from Hasaacas to Hearts of Oak after the 2015/16 season and was with Hearts of Oak for one-and-half seasons. Akurugu had since been a free agent.

Ococias Kyoto AC also signed another Ghana international – centre-back Yakubu Nassam Ibrahim from Division Two side Pofmade FC. The 21-year-old is a member of the Ghana Under-23 national team, Black Meteors. He featured in the recent game that saw Ghana eliminating Togo from the 2019 U-23 Afcon qualifiers.

The two new signings join compatriot Eric Kumi who was also snapped up by Ococias Kyoto from Stade Tunisien in August 2018.