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Football: Jules chance to sparkle for Dons.

CONGO international Jules Tchimbakala arrived at Aberdeen on trial yesterday as manager Ebbe Skovdahl bids to strengthen his injury-ravaged squad.

Left-back Tchimbakala is the latest in a long line of players who have pushed their way through the Pittodrie revolving door in the last year and he'll be given just four days to prove that he's worth a contract.

The trial period is a clear indication that Skovdahl isn't totally happy with the left-back position in his first-team squad.

Jamie McAllister, regarded by many as a star of the future and a regular last season, is now on the fringes of the squad while Kevin McNaughton, who has turned in a series of excellent performances in the role this term, is a naturally right-sided player.

Tchimbakala, 29, has played most of his football in France with Paris FC, Toulouse and Le Mans and last night he said it would be an honour to join Aberdeen.

He said: "I have heard Aberdeen are looking for a left-back and I have a great deal of experience, which should help me win a contract."

The player admitted, however, that he is a little short of match practice, his last game being for French Congo against South Africa on September 3.

Skovdahl said he would continue to look at potential players in order to fill three positions he sees as key to his building programme - left-back, midfield and striker.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Author:Gilfeather, Frank
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Sep 28, 2000
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