Hampton & Richmond Borough’s in-form striker Nicke Kabamba looks set for a move up the leagues this month after confirmed interest from a number of professional clubs.
Kabamba is a target for a number of Football League and Vanarama National sides, having notched 15 goals already this season in the Vanarama South.
The 23 year old, who works by day at a car rental company, has seen his partner-in-crime up front at The Beavers, Jamal Lowe, be snapped up by League Two heavyweights Portsmouth, while fellow Vanarama South forward Junior Morais secured a switch to Peterborough United.
“Jamal and Junior are both good mates of mine and I’m delighted for them,” he said.
“Jamal and I would always get up on a Tuesday and Thursday morning to do extra sessions, and having people like that around you who are striving to do better is brilliant.
“They’ve both moved up, and hopefully I’ll be the next one.
“I’ve been in talks with one club, but if it doesn’t happen then I’m still determined as ever to find the right team.”
Having really found form with his new club, Kabamba joined Hampton after a successful loan spell from league rivals Hemel Hempstead – a move the young forward can pinpoint as the moment he started to truly excel.
“I raised my game to a new level from the moment I left Hemel Hempstead on loan.
“I’d gone to a higher team, but hadn’t played, so I had that hunger to get back into the Hemel team but they were doing really well at the time.
“They were playing well, I was playing well, so from there I just thought I may as well concentrate on Hampton and sign on permanently.
“Since then the gaffer has given me a lot of confidence, he’s got the best out of me and that’s when all the goals started coming, my confidence was sky high!”
Hampton boss Alan Dowson hailed Kabamba as ‘the best pound-for-pound striker in the division’, and the Uxbridge born man is hoping the glowing review will help him reach his ultimate goal.
“It may happen in January, but if it has to wait until the summer then so be it.
“If I was to move into the Football League and then get loaned out into the Conference, I’d show them what I can do to prove that I’m ready to play at league level.
“Getting a pro contract is what I’ve dreamed of, and now I know more than ever I’m ready.”