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Oakland Brings Aboard DR Congo International Bokila

January 21, 2021 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Oakland Roots News Release


OAKLAND, Calif. - Oakland Roots SC announced on Thursday it had signed Democratic Republic of the Congo National Team forward Jeremy Bokila, pending league and federation approval.

Bokila has made 20 appearances for his country during his career, featuring most prominently during the 2015 African Cup of Nations. Bokila scored twice in the tournament, including one of the goals in a 4-2 comeback victory in the Quarterfinals against the Republic of Congo that sent the side to the Semifinals for the first time since 1998.

"We are very excited to welcome a player with Jeremy's experience to Oakland," said Roots Technical Director Jordan Ferrell. "He has scored goals all around the world and adds a dimension to our attack that will help us hit the ground running in 2021."

Bokila comes from a soccer family, having a dad who was on three occasions the leading scorer in the Belgian league and multiple other siblings who played professionally as well. Bokila got his start at ZSV Zelos academy before moving to the Netherlands to play in the AGOVV Apeldoorn Academy. He would go on to play 97 times for Apeldoorn while notching 31 goals.

Bokila's career has included stops in the Netherlands, Belgium, Romania, Russia and China among others. Leading the line at every stop, Bokila most recently spent time in Turkey, where he competed for Ankara Keçiörengücü SK.

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