OFFICIAL: Didier Drogba’s Phoenix Rising FC signs Gladson Awako

Former Ghana youth international Gladson Awako has signed for US second-tier side Phoenix Rising FC, a club co-owned by ex-Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Didier Drogba.

Twenty-six year-old Awako comes to Phoenix Rising FC after a five-year stint with TP Mazembe of the Congolese first division. During his time with the African club, TP Mazembe won four league titles and one African Champions League title. The Champions League triumph, and three of the league trophies were won while Patrice Carteron, current Phoenix Rising FC head coach, was manager at TP Mazembe.

A native of Ghana, Awako was a member of his country’s U-20 national team, and earned one senior international cap in 2009. Awako previously played on trial with European giants Inter Milan and Tottenham Hotspur.

Prior to his move to TP Mazembe, Awako starred with Ghanaian clubs Heart of Lions and Real Sportive. In 71 combined appearances with the two teams, Awako scored 22 goals.

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With the signing of Awako, Phoenix Rising FC has 27 players on its active roster. He will be available for selection to Wednesday’s squad.


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