HARRISON NJ - AUGUST 11: Nana Attakora #3 of Toronto FC battles for the ball against Thierry Henry #14 of the New York Red Bulls on August 11 2010 at Red Bull Arena in Harrison New Jersey. Red Bulls defeat Toronto 1-0. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images for New York Red Bulls)
According to a report on Sportsnet.ca from John Molinaro former Toronto FC centre back Nana Attakora is set to sign a deal with Finish club FC Haka. The completion of that deal would bring to an end a very rough eight months for North York native. Since having his contract with the San Jose Earthquakes expire the 23 year old Canadian has been searching for a new club. He reportedly turned down offers from San Jose and FC Union Berlin as he continued to trial with a number of clubs and look for the right fit.
Sportsnet.ca has learned from a source close to the situation that Attakora has signed with Finnish club FC Haka Uutiset. Haka is expected to make an official announcement within the next few days, the source said.
The last competitive action that Attakora has seen came back in the spring when he anchored the backline for Canada at the Olympic qualifiers. He impressed in those matches and reminded TFC and Canada fans of all the potential that made him one of the club's brightest prospects. It all went wrong though in 2011 and after Nana slipped well down the depth chart he requested a trade and was sent off to San Jose. It was no better for him there though as he only played in six matches due to a series of injuries.
Now he seems set to finally get back to playing which is great news for Canada. Missing 8 months of playing time will have done no favours for his development so now he will be looking to make up for lost time. If he can do just that he may well find himself as a regular in the Canadian National team. Attakora has already collected three caps with the senior team but has never really made the jump from being a prospect to being a regular fixture in the squad. Considering the fact that Canada has a real lack of depth having him back on track would be a huge boost.
Going to FC Haka is not really the dream move to Europe that he has been pursuing his entire career but it is certainly better than sitting around hoping that San Jose would trade his MLS rights. The Finnish club is currently sitting near the bottom of the table just one spot out of the relegation zone so they will be hoping he can improve their porous defense. Having allowed a massive 45 goals in just 24 games the club can clearly use all the defensive help they can get.