Claude Gnakpa signs for Fenland club

Claude Gnakpa
Claude Gnakpa

Fenland’s Macmillan Football Club is celebrating after pulling off the signing of an ex-professional footballer to the team.

Frenchman Claude Gnakpa has been so impressed by the fundraising efforts of the Wisbech club, he has offered to play in some of its forthcoming charity games.

The 32-year-old striker, who has been with Luton Town, Peterborough United and Walsall to name a few, will travel from his home in London whenever he is available.

Club founder and manager Justin Cross said: “It’s fantastic news for the club. He doesn’t want to play for our league team, just the charity one; he will be a great asset to our fundraising efforts.”

Gnakpa came to know about Macmillan FC after playing against them with Luton’s Hatters Talk in the second Mark Ovendale match, in memory of the former Wisbech and Luton goalkeeper, in June.

Mr Cross hopes Gnakpa will be available for the next game against the Leverington Veterans, which is due to be held in November. If he can attend, it is hoped a fundraising evening with the star can be held afterwards, too.