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Gresley v Kidsgrove Athletic: Match preview

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 21, 2014

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GRESLEY have signed Congolese forward Serge Makofo, who played in the Football League for Burton Albion and MK Dons.

The 27-year-old Kinshasa-born player has been given international clearance to join the Moatmen, and will be in the squad to face Kidsgrove Athletic tomorrow, kick-off 3pm, subject to registration.

Gresley boss Martin Rowe said: “He’s been playing in Cyprus for a while and just wants to get some games.

“There’s a lot of excitement about him, and (director) Keith Milner has said he’s a real talent.”

Makofo was loaned to Burton from Grays Athletic by Paul Peschisolido in 2009 and played a total of 56 minutes across four substitute appearances for the Brewers - two in the league and two in the FA Cup.

Makofo will have fierce competition to get into Gresley’s attacking line-up, with the likes of Royce Turville, Kieran O’Connell, Zibusiso Nyatito, Paulo Piliero, Alex Steadman and Rob Spencer competing for four spots.

O’Connell was subject of seven days’ notice of approach from league rivals Coalville Town, but despite being offered wages believed to be around £160 a game, could yet remain at the Moat Ground.

“I think Adam (Coalville manager Adam Stevens) panicked and put a lot of seven days in for players – they’ve signed another forward now so I don’t know if Kieran will be going,” said Rowe.

“They have made him a very good offer and I would understand if he went, but we’re hoping he will stay.”

Mitch Hanson will return from a knee injury and Mickey Lyons is available again, while Lucas Harrison, who was sent off against Sheffield FC in midweek, is having acupuncture on a calf injury.

Fellow left-back John Guy serves the last game of his suspension for a red card of his own, and will next weekend, just in time for Harrison to start his ban.

Rob Spencer suffered concussion on Tuesday night but should be okay, while Marc Strzyzewski could continue in midfield after impressing against The Club.

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