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NEWS: Boco completes E10 switch

Benin international joins the O's

21 July 2017

The Club is extremely pleased to announce the signing of attacking midfielder Romuald Boco.

The 32-year-old Benin international has agreed a two-year deal at the Matchroom Stadium, and becomes the Club’s 11th summer arrival.

Born in France, Boco started his career at Chamois Niortais before crossing the channel in 2005 in order to sign for Accrington Stanley.

Boco went on to strike up a brilliant relationship with the Stanley supporters, and made 31 appearances during his debut season as John Coleman’s side went on to achieve promotion from the Conference.

Having helped Accrington reach the Football League, Boco then helped the Club establish themselves in League Two during the 2006-07, making 35 appearances in all competitions as Stanley finished in 20th spot.

Boco would go on to leave Accrington in January 2008 however following international duty with Benin at the African Cup of Nations, and signed for League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers a month later to link up with former teammate Paul Cook.

Between 2008 and 2010, Boco made 60 appearances for Sligo and spent a short time on loan back in England with Burton Albion during the 2009-10 season.

The midfielder then gained further experience across the globe in 2011, signing for Chinese side Shanghai East Asia where he spent a year before returning to Sligo Rovers for their 2012 campaign.

Having had a taste of several countries, Boco then returned to England and Accrington in August 2012, penning a one-year deal.

Boco then spent time at both Plymouth Argyle and Chesterfield for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 campaigns, before going out to India in January 2015 to sign for Bharat FC as their marquee player.

Following 20 appearances for Bharat, Boco signed for Portsmouth ahead of the 2015-16 season though found his playing time limited and spent a period on loan at Havant & Waterlooville.

With just shy of 50 international caps for Benin to his name, Boco then returned to Accrington for a third spell in January 2016.

Comfortable playing in a number of positions across midfielder, the 32-year-old made a total of 38 appearances for Stanley last season, scoring seven goals.


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