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Former Leeds United star Tony Yeboah’s nephew joins Tonbridge Angels | Mo Dabre signs from Chelmsford and Ethan Sutcliffe extends loan from AFC Wimbledon

Tonbridge have signed the nephew of Premier League icon Tony Yeboah.

Striker Yeboah scored two of the greatest goals in the competition’s history for Leeds at the start of the 1995/96 season.

Tonbridge Angels new boy Obed Yeboah is the nephew of former Premier League star Tony Yeboah. Picture: TAFC
Tonbridge Angels new boy Obed Yeboah is the nephew of former Premier League star Tony Yeboah. Picture: TAFC

His stunning volley against Liverpool and a vicious half-volley at Wimbledon - both going in off the underside of the bar - would grace any collection.

Nephew Obed Yeboah, 19, is also a striker and has joined the Angels after leaving fellow National League South club Truro City.

He used to be at AFC Wimbledon, where he knew current Tonbridge players Ethan Sutcliffe - the defender on loan from the Dons until the end of the season - and Scott Wagstaff.

Angels boss Jay Saunders, whose side visit league big boys Torquay this Saturday (3pm), said: “I didn’t actually realise he was Tony Yeboah’s nephew but I’m sure we’ll have that conversation.

“He’s a similar build, a powerful boy, pacy, and I’m looking forward to working with him.

“He was on the bench when we played Truro but didn’t come on.

“He left there and came training with us and he’s earned himself a deal.

“His attitude’s been good and he’s different to what we’ve got.

“Sometimes these lads come in and earn themselves a deal and he’s done that, so we’ll see how he goes.

“He’s Watford-based and he knows Ethan Sutcliffe from Wimbledon and he knows Waggy.

“Ethan spoke really highly of him and he’s come in and looked good.

“It made sense to do something. It’s a short-term deal initially but if he does well hopefully it turns into something longer.”

Yeboah is the second new face at Longmead following the arrival of Mo Dabre from Chelmsford.

The ex-Swindon man, who covers a number of positions, is a player Saunders has liked for some time.

He made his debut in a 4-1 over Havant last week, a result that left in-form Angels outside the play-offs on goal difference.

Tonbridge Angels boss Jay Saunders welcomes Mo Dabre to Longmead. Picture: TAFC
Tonbridge Angels boss Jay Saunders welcomes Mo Dabre to Longmead. Picture: TAFC

“We tried to get Mo in the summer,” said Saunders.

“He’s had some good spells on loan in this league with Chippenham and Worthing.

“I spoke to Scott Lindsey and Jamie Day, who had him at Swindon, and he’s from Bobby Bowry’s academy as well, who I used to play with at Gravesend, and they all spoke really highly of him.

“He’s one of those infectious players who’s always got a smile on his face, he’s fit as a fiddle and he can play anywhere from full-back to winger to centre-midfield.

“When you run with a small squad like we do it’s important to have players who can cover different positions and he’s someone from the minute he came in training, you could see the boys were impressed.”

Saunders is delighted to have extended Sutcliffe’s loan from AFC Wimbledon until the end of the season.

The young defender’s initial one-month deal was up last week and the extension is timely with Ben Swift awaiting the results of a scan on a suspected ACL knee injury.

“Ethan’s been outstanding,” said Saunders.

“When you watch young lads play 23s football it’s a completely different way of football, especially for centre-halves.

“When you bring a centre-half in, it’s can they adjust to the physical side of it?

“But Wimbledon really like him, he’s played in the EFL for them and he’s been outstanding since he’s come in.

“It was a no-brainer with Kodi Lyons-Foster out, and Swifty could be out long-term, so it’s come at the right time.

“His loan was up and we enquired with Wimbledon whether we could do to the end of the season and I think they’ve been really happy with how we’ve treated him.

“He’s had loads of minutes, Ethan’s enjoying it, so for all parties it’s worked well.

“Initially it was going to be another month but I just thought I’d be cheeky and ask the question.

“They spoke to Ethan, they came back and said the boy’s enjoying it, he’s playing, let’s do it.

“He’s really bought into it here and he’s a humble young lad.

“You get young lads from pro club sometimes and they’ve got that bit of arrogance but he’s not like that.

“He turns up, he gets his work done and takes information on board really well.”

Tonbridge Angels manager Jay Saunders. Picture: David Couldridge
Tonbridge Angels manager Jay Saunders. Picture: David Couldridge

Weekend opponents Torquay moved above Tonbridge into sixth place after a 4-1 victory at Eastbourne on Tuesday.

But the visitors, with just one defeat in their last 11 games, are only a point behind Gary Johnson’s men.

The Gulls, beaten 3-0 at Dartford last weekend, have struggled for consistency following relegation and there have been plenty of calls for Johnson to go among a disillusioned fanbase.

Tonbridge can’t be distracted by what’s going on in the stands as they try to break into the play-off places.

“Whenever I’ve gone there and managed against them, there always seems to be a manager under a bit of pressure,” said Saunders, who knocked Johnson’s League 2 Cheltenham side out of the FA Cup as Maidstone manager six years ago.

“I remember going to Torquay with Maidstone when Gary Owers was manager and he was under pressure.

“I said to the lads before the Havant game that every time last season we got up and around the play-off places we would lose a couple and I just said if we win today we’re close, which we are now.

“We’ve got Torquay and Dartford coming up and let’s see if we can good points out of them and then it puts us in the mix.

“We’ve got to establish ourselves as a top-10 club which would be a big turnaround from where the club was.

“The squad’s in a good place but it can change so quickly so we’ve just got to go to Torquay and keep doing what we’ve been doing.

“If they watch us and do their homework they’ll see we’re a good side.”

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