Lilies arrival Hussanie hopes move acts as a springboard
New Chatteris Town arrival Hussanie Waul is confident his latest move will act as a springboard for bigger and better things, writes Dan Mason.
Waul signed straight after the Lilies’ pre-season friendly with Soham Town Rangers on Tuesday, making him manager Alex Kaufman’s first signing of the new season.
Waul, 25, previously trialled for Cambridge United and featured for fellow Cambs League sides Foxton and Girton United, but he is looking to make an imprint with his new team after undertaking a break from the game.
“I’m delighted to sign, I can’t wait to get going”, he said.
“I came to one of the home games a couple of weeks ago, spoke to Alex and then he told me to go training.
“I trained with the Reserves and then he put me in the match squad against Soham.
“I’m still a little bit nervous as I don’t know anyone properly and that was my first game in about a year.
“I was on trial at Cambridge United a couple of years ago. I was at university, so I wasn’t really playing and I got injured because I just wasn’t as fit as the other boys.
“Since then, I’ve been doing everything I can just to keep myself fit and in shape.
“I want to get back to League Two, that kind of standard. I want to get advice from Alex, take baby steps and improving myself and my game.
“I think he’s the man to help me.”
When asked what he could bring to the team, Waul said: “Hopefully a bit more pace and flair.
“I’ve been played in a variety of positions: striker, left-midfielder, centre-forward, and Alex put me as a right-midfielder versus Soham.”
Kaufman added: “Hussaine came down to the club to welcome himself having just moved into Chatteris.
“Whilst the game against Ely was going on, he spent the entire game on his own doing individual ball work and fitness.
“We invited him to the March game where he took part in the warm-up and then we gave him some minutes versus Soham.
“During the Soham game, he displayed good one versus one attacking ability out wide and a good touch.
“It offered a different dimension of play as he got at defenders well.
“He is a determined lad, comes across very professional and has a desire to better himself and play at a good level.”
For the 2018-19 Cambs League season, Town will be playing in Kershaw Senior A, the reserve team remain in Mead Plant & Grab 1B and the A team will move into the newly-created Division 4C.
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A much-changed Lilies side impressed in tough conditions, but finished on the wrong end of a five-goal thriller on Saturday in blistering heat.
A closely-fought contest carried that competitive nature not usually seen in pre-season friendlies.
Despite coming back from a two-goal deficit, Town also conceded at the end of both halves, most crucially three minutes from time as Matt Wright poked a menacing cross into his own net from point-blank range.
Lilies: Jordan Packi, Jacob Butler, Simon Howard, Scott Callaghan, Jordan Finneran, Kenny Kingshott, Gibson Kupfuma, Adam Bell, Brandon Ransome, Seve Revell, Ash Blanchflower.
Goals: Over – Dimambro (41’), Ellwood (52’), own goal (87’).
Chatteris – Revell (66’), OG (78’). Used subs: Matt Wright, Tom Pascuzzi, Hussanie Waul, Hugo Bryant, trialist.