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We talk to Dunston UTS FC's latest signing Mechack Kanda.

In his first interview since joining the club, we talk to Chris Swailes' latest signing Mechack Kanda. The talented midfielder is well known to Swaz, having been under his tutelage at Gateshead College along with Liam Thear.  Moving to The UTS Stadium from Newcastle Benfield; "Meeshi" had previous spells at Gateshead FC and South Shields and will no doubt add another dimension to our attacking options this coming season.

Kanda (pictured right) signing terms with Dunston UTS FC Manager Chris Swailes.

Firstly welcome to Dunston UTS FC Macheck, what are your thoughts on signing for the club?

I'm excited to be joining a club a like Dunston and I can’t wait to get started. My aim is to make an impact and help the club push for promotion.

You’ve played under manager Chris Swailes before at Gateshead College, was that was a major factor in you joining this season?

Yes that was also one of the main attractions, along with the ambition from the manager about finishing the season as high as possible and even winning the league, especially with the squad that is here.

You've faced Dunston UTS FC recently during a pre-season friendly whilst playing for Newcastle Benfield, with Benfield winning the game 1-0  with a  the last minute winner. What did you make of the quality of the squad?

I believe the Squad has a lot of potential and is capable of achieving a lot this season and hopefully I can be a part of that

 What are your strengths as a player?

 I believe I have many strengths, For me I simply just set myself high standards in everything I do both on the pitch and off. 

At 25, and with the experience you gained in the Northern League, do you see this season as a key season for yourself?

Yes definitely, I have had injury setbacks in the past which didn’t help my career and progression, however now being in much better condition and enjoying my football at the minute, and with the age I am now, I feel I can play a vital role for the team. As for my own individual targets, I want to contribute to as much success as possible.

We face Morpeth Town in a friendly on Friday night at The UTS Stadium, tough opposition and a side considered by many as one of the best in The NPL. What are your thoughts on the game and are you looking forward to showcasing your talents for the first time in front of the supporters?

I’m really looking forward to playing my first game for Dunston and I’m sure it will be a good challenge as the opposition will be very good. Hopefully I will able to show the fans a bit of what I can do.

Published Tuesday 1st September 2020 (last updated Wednesday 2nd September 2020)