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Non-league side unveil Joy Mukena after Sunderland trial period

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Non-league side unveil Joy Mukena after Sunderland trial period

Joy Mukena was previously at Watford.

Joy Mukena has left Sunderland after a trial period and signed for a non-league team.

Bracknell Town FC, who play in the Isthmian League South Central Division, have announced the signing of Mukena. He went straight into the team against Hornchurch and helped his new club to a 2-0 win.

Sunderland had been looking at Mukena on trial before deciding not to pursue this deal. Mukena was at Watford last season but he was released by the Premier League club in the summer.

 

Formerly of Tottenham Hotspur, Mukena joined Watford in 2017. The tall centre-back signed professional terms with the Hornets but he never made his first-team debut. He was named on the bench once – in February 2018 – but did not come on.

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Sunderland invited the 20-year-old for a trial recently. According to The Shields Gazette, Mukena joined on trial in November and played in U23 matches against Spennymoor Town and Stoke City U23s.

But Elliott Dickman – manager of the Black Cats’ academy team – clearly felt he had better options.

TBR’s view

Mukena is only 20 and he still has time to get back to the top in his career. But Sunderland will not feel like they have missed out on a big opportunity just yet.

Bracknell play in the eighth tier of the English pyramid – five levels below Sunderland. Unless he has a Jamie Vardy-style rise, it looks like a sensible decision was made.

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