Sandbach United have announced that the former Nigerian international Efe Sodje will join manager Andy Hockenhull and coaching staff for their pre-season training schedule and warm up matches.

Sodje brings with him a wealth of playing experience, not only from his time as a professional at Macclesfield, Bury, Yeovil, Huddersfield and Crewe Alexandra but also international experience from his 12 appearances for Nigeria.

Playing for his national side, he was a runner up in the 2000 African Cup of Nations and he also played in the 2002 World Cup, which included an appearance against England.

Over the last few years. Sodje gained valuable managerial experience from his time spent on return to both Bury and Macclesfield Town.

Sandbach United Chairman Mike Senior said:

“It is a great honour for a player of Efe’s standard to join us for pre- season and we are very grateful.

“The players and club members look forward to his dynamic input and effervescent personality.

“There is a real buzz and excitement about the club at the minute as the new season approaches and all of this just adds to it, as we fast approach our first friendly match against Chester FC at home on 9th July.

“Sandbach United are keen to highlight the great work Sodje and his brothers have done to help children and charities over the years, raising thousands along the way for some great causes, notably through the Sodje Foundation charity.

“Sodje is keen to give back to the community clubs and does so as a volunteer and ambassador to the game, which is testament to his character as an individual demonstrating a true passion for the game.

“We very much look forward to him putting the lads through their paces over the summer months.”


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