More info on Stags new signing Richard Bakary
AFC Totton supporters got their first glimpse of new signing and former Southampton FC and Chelsea FC youngster Richard Bakary in the midweek 1-0 victory over Willand Rovers.
Richard is a International defender and made his full national team debut for Benin in March 2017 against Mauritania. Having started his career as an attacking player he signed for Chelsea FC before the Saints swooped and converted him to a defensive player during his 4 years with club. Richard made many appearances for the U23’s before his release in the 2017/18 season. A number of trials with the likes of Crystal Palace and Colchester United followed.
The move to the Stags came about through the work of Southampton FC’s player care team and their commitment to supporting released players. Louis explains, ‘Southampton are providing guidance off the field for Richard and AFC Totton are giving him the platform to play football again. It’s a combined effort to support a young man in getting back playing. He met his teammates on Tuesday and instantly you can see he’s a humble man who loves football and wants to give his best efforts’.
Richard gave us his thoughts ‘I want to thank the coach for this opportunity, and thank Southampton for setting up this link. The facilities at AFC Totton are amazing, I just want to do my best for the team and the coach, and for everyone who is helping me. The team played well Tuesday and it was great to start with a win”.