Hampton & Richmond Borough have announced that Nicke Kabamba will be the latest Beaver to chase the professional dream after putting pen-to-paper with League Two side Portsmouth for an undisclosed fee.
After scoring 22 goals in all competitions this season, the 23-year-old will be teaming up with close friend and former Hampton striking partner Jamal Lowe as they look to score more goals and boost Pompey’s play-off challenge.
Before signing for the south coast club, Kabamba said: “Being given this opportunity to become a professional footballer is brilliant and Portsmouth will be a great club to be at. Playing in front of 15-16,000 incredible fans like theirs will be amazing.”
However, Hampton will always be special to Kabamba and he will never forget his time at Beveree: “I will never be able to forget my time with Hampton. This club has been the major turning point in my career so far. They gave me my confidence back and I started scoring goals again, I’ve had my best season ever and I owe it all to Hampton. I’ve learned a lot from the coaching staff and they brought the best out of me.”
Manager Alan Dowson said: At the start of the season there were a number of clubs interested in signing both Kabamba and Lowe and I shook hands with both players in agreement that if they signed for us and an opportunity came along to move into the Football League, we would not stand in their way.
“I am a man of my word, and when the opportunity arose we willingly allowed the players to enter into negotiations.”
Looking forward, Dowson confirmed that there will be new faces in the squad for Saturday`s match against Gosport Borough: “Over the last two weeks we have been out watching matches left, right and centre and we have a couple of deals in place for which the paperwork will be done in the next few days and announced accordingly.”
It’s thought this could be the first time that the Beavers have had two players signing for professional clubs in the same season.
Chairman Steve McPherson said: “After Jamal left, we knew people would be looking at Nicke. Portsmouth had seen how well the pair worked together, so when they came in with an offer, we couldn’t stand in Nicke’s way. He has earned his chance after proving himself this season at the higher level of the National League South.
“Dowse and I are in constant discussions, and we’re already looking to bring players in”.