By Aurelien Rey
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Good news never arrives alone. A few days after validating his rise in Regional 2THE FC Agon-Coutainville (Manche) learned of the suspension of the obligation to leave French territory (OQTF) for its player Clinton Chalokwu.
End of February 2023the Nigerian from 18 years old had seen his application for a residence permit refused by the prefecture, with the added bonus of OQTF within 30 days.
At the end of May, the administrative court of Caen (Calvados) called on the Mancho authority to lift this obligation and to re-examine the file.
He was in Ukraine
let’s remember that Clinton Chalokwu left his country early 2022 For Ukrainewhere he was due to sign a pro contract at a training center on February 28, 2022. But the start of Russia’s invasion four days earlier had turned everything upside down.
Forced to flee the war, the young man arrived in Cherbourg (Sleeve) to the mid-March 2022before being supported by an association in Saint-Lô.
He then joined a foster family in Bricqueville-la-Blouettenext to Coutanceswhile playing this season for the FC Agon Coutainvillewith whom he was to start training of a sports facilitator.
The Nigerianas well as all members of the club, have been awaiting the decision of the administrative court in recent weeks.
« Very appreciated and well integrated »
That’s excellent news. Clinton is very popular and very well integrated with us, which is also why he received so much support.
This popular support, through gatherings and relays on social networks, has undoubtedly contributed to the positive development of this file, even if the residence permit from which the young adult benefits is only provisionalpending re-examination by the prefecture of the Sleeve.
« The fact that he already has a structure to follow his training must also have played a role », considers Pierre Belleewho says he is confident that Clinton Chalokwu starts his CPJEPS after summer 2023.
A “chaotic” season that “ends well”
In addition to the human aspect, the suspension of Nigerian’s OQTF is good sporting news for agonwho could count on his services next season if the residence permit becomes final.
With its 9 goalsthe winger has been instrumental in accession in R2 of the team coached by Arnaud Boubet.
“We had a chaotic season, between the complicated start of the championship, this story around Clinton and the disappearance of one of our emblematic volunteers. Eventually, it ends wellwith the rise, the lifting of the OQTF and the success of the first year of our football school”, summarizes the president.
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