Nicke Kabamba (photo copyright Havant & Waterlooville Football Club)

Nicke Kabamba joins the Hawks

ACHIEVE client Nicke Kabamba has completed a move to National League newcomers Havant & Waterlooville, signing a one-year contract with the Hawks.

Striker Kabamba ended the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Aldershot Town, scoring in the play-offs against Ebbsfleet United as they were defeated on penalties in front of the live BT Sport television cameras.

Hawks manager Lee Bradbury has moved swiftly to snap-up Kabamba, who left League One club Portsmouth this summer after eighteen months at Fratton Park.

Kabamba had been a revelation for National League South outfit Hampton and Richmond Borough, earning the club’s ‘Supporters’ Player of the Season’ accolade for the 2015-16 campaign after signing from Hemel Hempstead Town in August 2015.

Kabamba’s form and strike partnership at Hampton with fellow forward Jamal Lowe had seen the front pair both called up to manager Paul Fairclough’s contingency England C national side for their fixture against Estonia in November 2016.

Kabamba began his career with Uxbridge where he scored 28 goals in 78 appearances in all competitions from 2011 to 2013 before making the move to Burnham. After scoring goals regularly again for Burnham, he joined Hemel Hempstead Town in 2015, using his pace and power to good effect, before joining Hampton and Richmond Borough, initially on loan, in August 2015. He was the club’s leading goal scorer in the 2015-16 season, firing 18 goals as the club won the Ryman Premier League title. He carried that form into the following campaign, with 15 league goals before, in January 2017, Kabamba made the move to Portsmouth, signing for the club for an undisclosed transfer fee after they beat off a host of other clubs to secure his signature. He scored 33 goals in 70 league appearances for Hampton and Richmond Borough in total.

He enjoyed a dream start to life with Portsmouth by helping the club gain promotion to League One. He made his debut for Pompey at Stevenage in March 2017 and made three further appearances during the remainder of the campaign in wins over Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town and Cambridge United.

Kabamba began the 2017-18 season as a regular member of Portsmouth’s squad in League One, before joining Colchester United on loan in September 2017 and making his debut in a home win over Crawley Town. He went on to make a total of 10 appearances for Colchester in all competitions, before joining Aldershot Town on loan until the end of the 2017-18 season, where he scored on his debut and also netted in the play-offs against Ebbsfleet United.

A striker who possesses pace in abundance and loves to run the channels, Kabamba is a defender’s worst nightmare with his blistering speed and willingness to chase every lost cause. A natural finisher, at 6 foot 3”, Kabamba is a menace to opposition defences.

ACHIEVE Director Dave Garley said: “Nicke ended last season really strongly, scoring in the play-offs for Aldershot and he looked a real threat.

“He looked quick and strong and hungry and we feel that whoever signed him this coming season was going to get a player eager to prove why Portsmouth signed him eighteen months ago.

“He is a big lad, he has pace in abundance and he is genuinely one of the nicest people we have ever worked with and he has all of the characteristics you would want in a striker. Havant & Waterlooville expressed a real desire to sign Nicke and it is a club close to his home where he can, we feel, flourish.

“He is playing under Lee Bradbury, who himself was a top striker and had a great career, so Nicke can continue his development under him. We think it is a great match for both parties.

“We are adamant that this season you are really going to see Nicke Kabamba make a name for himself and nobody would deserve it more than him.

“We wish Nicke and Havant & Waterlooville the very best for this coming season.”

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