From Pahang to Angers SCO: Ex-MSL star signs for Ligue 1 side

Dickson Nwakaeme, who used to play in the Malaysia Super League (MSL) for Kelantan and Pahang, has signed a one-year contract with Ligue 1 side Angers Sporting Club de l’Ouest.

The Nigerian international will face the likes of Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille, Lyon and Monaco when the new season starts in August after spending three years in Malaysia. According to Angers, he attended a trial with them in 2013 but decided not to sign him then.

Angers gained promotion to Ligue 1 in 2014-15 season after finishing in third place in Ligue 2 and Stéphane Moulin then guided them to a ninth-place finish during the recent campaign.

Dickson Nwakaeme had been without a club since the end of last season after leaving Pahang and a few clubs were reportedly interested in acquiring the 30 year-old’s services. There were a few rumours suggesting that he will be reuniting with former Pahang coach Zainal Abidin Hassan in Selangor but the club was unable to meet his salary demands.

The 5-foot-9 forward was introduced to Malaysian football in 2013 as he signed for Kelantan after impressing head coach Bojan Hodak during a two-week trial for the club. He then guided Kelantan to a FA Cup trophy after defeating Johor Darul Ta’azim in the final, but was unfortunate to lose to Pahang in the Malaysia Cup. He scored 13 goals them. He then signed for Pahang in 2014 and won the Charity Shield, FA Cup and Malaysia Cup in the same year.

Throughout his three year-stint in Malaysia, he scored 49 all goals in all competitions.

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