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Efe Sodje to join up with Sandbach United after Macclesfield Town exit

EFE SODJE will team up with North West Counties League Division One side Sandbach United in pre-season after his exit from Macclesfield Town was made official.

Former Nigeria international defender Sodje had served as assistant manager to John Askey but wasn’t seen at the Moss Rose for the final few months of last season.

And last week the club released a brief statement confirming that Sodje had left the club, three years after the former player returned to assist Askey.

The 41-year-old, however, will be getting back into the game in pre-season by joining Sandbach, who won promotion from the Cheshire Football League last season.

Sodje will join United manager Andy Hockenhull and his coaching staff for pre-season training as well as friendly matches as the club gear up for their first season in the North West Counties League.

Sandbach United chairman Mike Senior said: “It is a great honour for a player of Efe’s standard to join us for pre-season and we are very grateful. The players and club members look forward to his dynamic input and effervescent personality.

“There is a real buzz and excitement about the club at the minute as the new season approaches and all of this just adds to it, as we fast approach our first friendly match against Chester FC at home on July 9.

“Sandbach United are keen to highlight the great work Sodje and his brothers have done to help children and charities over the years, raising thousands along the way for some great causes, notably through the Sodje Foundation charity.

“Sodje is keen to give back to the community clubs and does so as a volunteer and ambassador to the game, which is testament to his character as an individual demonstrating a true passion for the game.

“We very much look forward to him putting the lads through their paces over the summer months.”

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