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Vancouver FC signs two pacey international wingers

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Vancouver FC signed international wingers Nicky Gyimah and Min-jae Kwak ahead of its inaugural Canadian Premier League season.

English 19-year-old Gyimah joins Vancouver FC from English sixth-tier club Slough Town FC. The London-born winger previously made appearances for Sunderland U23 and Peterborough United U21.

“I am ready to officially get underway with Vancouver FC,” said Gyimah in a club statement Wednesday. “I am grateful for the chance Vancouver is taking on me and I am eager to get going for the team.”

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The CPL‘s newest club is hoping to benefit from Gyimah’s pace and attacking style of play.

“We are thrilled to introduce to the CPL an exciting winger with pace, creativity and precision in the danger area,” said head coach Afshin Ghotbi’s . “He definitely will be a fan favourite with his ability to create scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates.”

Kwak to bring versatility and pace to Vancouver FC

Korean-born Min-jae Kwak joins Vancouver FC after spending two seasons in the National Independent Soccer Association in the United States. He spent time with California United Strikers FC and AC Syracuse Pulse during that time.

Min-jae Kwak, Canadian Premier League, Vancouver FC

Vancouver FC’s Min-jae Kwak. Photo: Vancouver FC/Beau Chevalier

“I am happy and thankful to be joining Vancouver,” said Kwak Wednesday. “I grew up on the west coast and am looking forward to continuing my career here, if a little further north. I am committed to doing everything I can to help my new team win right away.”

Vancouver FC head coach Ghotbi is looking forward to capitalizing on the left winger’s versatility and pace will.

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“South Korean football produces great footballers, and Min-jae embodies most of the qualities South Korean players are famous for: industrial, explosive and technical,” said coach Ghotbi. “Min-jae is capable with both feet and can both score and put his teammates in scoring positions.”

Vancouver FC kicks off the Canadian Premier League season away to Pacific FC April 15. And Vancouver FC hosts Cavalry FC in its first-ever home game  May 7 at Willoughby Community Park in Langley BC.

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