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BBC Africa Brentford FC feature

Bees trio speak to BBC Africa

17 April 2022

BBC Africa have paid Brentford FC a visit to put together an in-depth feature. They spoke to Brentford's Yoane Wissa and Frank Onyeka, both of whom have played for their countries in recent international fixtures. Yoane featured for Democratic Republic of Congo while Frank is part of the Nigeria squad.

Frank played for Nigeria in the recent Africa Cup of Nations, won by Senegal. He was also part of the group that played in Play-Off ties for the FIFA World Cup. Yoane also played in one of those ties but neither Nigeria nor Congo DR will go to the tournament, in Qatar at the end of the year.

Both Yoane and Frank spoke before those ties, as did Lee Dykes, Brentford FC Director of Recruitment in the piece, which can be seen here. Frank and Yoane discussed what it was like to play in the Premier League, having done so for the first time this season. Lee gave some information a bit about the Club's recruitment strategy.

"If we're looking at a striker, we'll use our position-specific criteria to filter the process down," Lee explained. "That comes down to about 1,300 players and then it's my job to bring that down to the top few players. Then we start getting the coaches involved.

"Yoane scores goals, very simply. He gets into goalscoring situations, he's quick, he's sharp, he's good on the ball so for the criteria of that position, it was tick, tick, tick, tick.

"Frank is your typical box-to-box player. In the Premier League, you have to have pace, power, athleticism and energy. We were convinced Frank could come straight into the Premier League - we knew he'd be a crowd favourite as well because he encompasses a lot of what Brentford fans want to watch."


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