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Sylvain Kisutu signs for Folkestone Invicta with Kwabs Osei set to follow

Invicta have completed the signing of full-back Sylvain Kisutu and hope to agree terms with defender/midfielder Kwabs Osei in the next few days.

Both have impressed boss Neil Cugley in Folkestone’s two pre-season games so far, along with close-season signings Kieron McCann and Ade Yusuff.

Cugley said: “These lads are a breath of fresh air. They like it and want to be down here and we can’t wait to get started.”

Folkestone manager Neil Cugley Picture: Gary Browne
Folkestone manager Neil Cugley Picture: Gary Browne

Ugandan-born Kisutu played for Swindon Town as a youngster before moving to Wrexham for a spell and ended last season at VCD Athletic.

Cugley said: “He can play on the right or left and we need players who can fulfil several positions.”

Osei looked good at centre-back in the 2-2 draw with Championship Millwall last Tuesday, a game in which Invicta led twice through Ian Draycott’s free-kick and a second goal in as many appearances from new-boy McCann.

Cugley is keen for Osei to fill the void left by the departure of former club captain Liam Friend, adding: “Losing Friendy was always going to be the biggest problem but I like what I’ve seen of Kwabs and we’re hoping to tie things up in the next week or so.

“He likes playing in midfield, too, but it’s at centre-half where we need him for the moment at least.”

Osei’s previous clubs include Chatham, Tooting & Mitcham and Grays Athletic, where he played last season.

Folkestone will take a near full-strength squad to Herne Bay on tonight (Wednesday) for the friendly arranged as part of Sam Hasler’s transfer from Winch’s Field last season, although Cugley added: “A lot of our players are in coaching and teaching so have to take their breaks in the school holidays but that’s a problem we’ve grown used to over the last few seasons.”

National League promotion-chasing Dover visit the Fullicks Stadium on Saturday (3pm) and Cugley said: “We’ve played well in the two games so far but haven’t really been tested. Dover will be different, of course.”

Invicta then visit Ashford on Tuesday (7.45pm).

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