Kick It Out hopes to appoint Samuel Okafor as new chief executive

Former footballer is director of private bank CouttsAnti-racism charity wants to improve links to players

Kick It Out wants to appoint Samuel Okafor, a director of the private bank Coutts, as the anti-racism charity’s new chief executive. The Guardian has learned that the wealth manager and former professional footballer has emerged as Kick It Out’s preferred candidate after an extensive search process in which it received more them 100 applications for the job.

Okafor’s career began in football as an apprentice at Colchester United before he moved into banking after his hopes of making it as a professional petered out. The 42-year-old Nigerian made one appearance in League One for Colchester towards the end of the 1998-99 season before moving on loan to Conference club Dover Athletic, for whom he made four appearances.

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