AFC Totton have strengthened their Southern League Div.1 South title challenge by signing former Manchester City and Southampton defender Pascal Kpohomouh.
The 20-year-old began his career in the Manchester City FC youth academy before being sold to Southampton in 2018 on a two-year scholarship. He signed professional terms upon turning 17, and regularly captained Saints U18s before progressing to the U23s for 2020/21.
Capped by England at U16, U17 and U18 levels, Pascal counts the likes of Phil Foden, Bukayo Saka and Mason Greenwood among his former teammates.
After being released by Southampton FC last summer, Pascal had trials with several Championship clubs before short spells with Weston-super-Mare and Hartley Wintney in the Southern League Premier Division South, until an injury curtailed his involvement in November.
A ball-playing defender, he has lived in Totton since his Southampton days, and the Stags’ management team want to help Pascal re-establish himself in the professional game.
“Once I saw what this club is aspiring to, I decided to join,” Pascal said. “It’s a bit different to be training against men rather than within an under-18 group but I can’t wait to start playing!”
Pascal will go into the squad for Friday night’s trip to Winchester City and Totton Head Coach Dan Sackman is pleased to have the new man on board: “This deal happened quickly so to some extent, we have signed him on the strength of his reputation and profile. But having seen him in training and recognised how easily he has settled in amongst the other lads, so far so good.”