Former Nigeria International appointed to Fairford Town Reserves Management for 2024/25 season


Fairford Town have announced that former Nigeria midfielder Sani Kaita has been appointed to the Management of their Reserves side.

Kaita will work alongside Nick Jones, who was part of the Hellenic Division Two West title winning set up during the 2023/24 season, after moving to Swindon.

The duo replace Dan Gough and Sean McKeon, who stepped down after their league winning campaign.

The appointment is a major coup for Fairford, with Kaita playing 22 times for his country, including in the World Cup, African Cup of Nations and the 2008 Olympic games.

In a statement released by the club, Director of Football Jody Bevan was rightfully delighted with the appointment and the impact it could have on the club’s reputation.

“I am over the moon to be able to bring in Sani and Nick as our new management team for the Reserves.

This is an incredibly exciting appointment for the club and is a huge pat on the back for everybody connected to the club that we have been able to attract somebody of Sani’s pedigree.

When I first spoke to Sani it was immediately obvious that he had a passion for developing young players and giving them the benefit of his experience, in our conversations it was apparent that we shared a very similar vision as to how we want to move forward but I was also struck by his humility and his calm nature,” Bevan said.

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The new Reserves management follows the addition of Kevin Russell as Head of Football Development as Fairford look to expand to two U18s side – with their second side being registered in the Cheltenham Youth Floodlit League for the upcoming campaign.

Further in the statement, Bevan gives his thoughts on all close-season appointments at the club.

“[The appointments] further demonstrate the focus we have on developing players through our Academy into the Senior Teams and beyond.

It’s an exciting time to be part of our football club,” Bevan stated.

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