Kevon Lambert (left) started with the Jamaican National Team in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup; Mala helped his club reach the CAF Champions League in the 2016-17 season. (H. Jose Bosch/PHXRisingFC.com)
In addition to the loan deal with Sam Hamilton revealed earlier today, Phoenix Rising Football Club added two new faces to the team roster.
Doueugui Jean Marie Mala (also known as Mala Doueugui), a 23 year-old defender, is expected to arrive from the Ligue 1 (Ivory Coast) Williamsville Athletic Club. Little English-language coverage of Mala exists, but the team reports that WAC completed their recent season as league runners-up and qualified for the 2018 CAF Champions League.
Twenty year-old Kevon Lambert returns to Phoenix after appearing in the CONCACAF Gold Cup quarterfinal victory over Canada as a member of the Jamaican National Team. Lambert has been playing with Montego Bay United and has time with the Jamaica U20 team in addition to his National Team work. Lambert had a trial with Serbian FK Vojvodina, but work permit issues prevented his signing.
The team announced it released forward Mike Seth and defenders Uchenna Uzo and Brock Granger. Both Granger and Uzo were regular starters throughout the 2016 campaign but have struggled in 2017 to find time in the starting eleven due to injury and a crowded roster. Seth joined the team in December of 2016 after two seasons with the Colorado Springs Switchbacks, and is rumored to be joining San Antonio FC.