Former AFC Wimbledon academy product, USL League Two veteran makes jump to professional ranks | Image Credit: South Georgia Tormenta FC
STATESBORO, Ga. – South Georgia Tormenta FC and defender Nick Akoto have agreed to a one-year contract, with an option for 2024 and an option for 2025, pending league and federation approval. The former Tormenta FC 2 player signs his first professional contract after impressing on and off the pitch with the club’s USL League Two side in 2022.
“Nick is a player we have had in our environment via USL League Two in 2022," said. Tormenta FC Head Coach Ian Cameron. "He possesses many tools, which lend perfectly to the professional game, such as size, pace, power and technical proficiency. As he adapts to the tactical pace and emotion of professional games, we expect to see him blossom with time. When in full flight, this young lad can be thrilling to watch, and we look forward to help launch his professional career.”
Akoto featured in eight games for the League Two side, totaling 594 minutes and contributing a goal for Tormenta FC 2. The versatile wingback is able to play anywhere on the right side, proving to be a real threat offensively.
Collegiately, Akoto was part of Keiser University’s 2021 NAIA National title. Akoto featured in 34 games for the program and contributed with seven assists in two years. Prior to Keiser, the English midfielder transferred to Keiser from Tennessee Wesleyan University, where he spent two seasons, scoring five goals and recording eight assists.
“Joining Tormenta is an exciting time for me and I can’t wait to get started," said Akoto. "Playing with the League Two team, I got a good feel of the environment and how the club is run and I really enjoyed it so it’s an honor to have earned my first pro contract here with this club.”
In addition to joining Tormenta FC, Akoto will finish his degree through Bellevue University, the USL’s Official Education Partner. Bellevue grants a full scholarship to each USL Championship and League One team annually to be awarded to a player to pursue their undergraduate or graduate degrees.