THE pace and flair of the African Nations has won the world over in the Far East these last two weeks — so much so, that Shots boss Terry Brown wants a part of it, or so it is alleged.
While Senegal breezed past the likes of France and Sweden to become the second nation from their continent to reach the World Cup quarter-finals, reports have emerged from Scotland that Brown is chasing an Angolan striker, desperate to make his name on the world stage in years to come.
In a shock article on the Daily Record website, Brown is alleged to have made a serious approach for St Mirren striker Jose Quintongo, who is looking to settle down in England and attract attention from within.
Brown has been away for a week and assistant boss Stuart Cash will neither confirm or deny the approach.
The article states that the nippy ex-Hearts and Hamilton Academicals forward has been approached several times by Brown, who has even reportedly offered to jet Quintongo down for training and games.
Quintongo has been axed by St Mirren since the end of last season and is looking to move down to England to help his claim for international football in the Angolan national side.
But if the rumours are true, Brown is likely to face competition elsewhere with the player's agent reportedly sending videos of Quintongo in action to clubs in Cyprus in a bid to fix him up with a long-term contract.
Cash said: "I can neither confirm or deny the approach while Terry is away, we have heard of him though."
If the story does stand up then Quintongo (or his agent) is likely to be one of seven players which the management duo will be holding talks with this week.
From today (Tuesday), Brown and Cash will be stepping up their bid to fill a number of gaps in the squad following the departure of nine first team players since the Hampshire Senior Cup final victory on May 1.
The good news at the Rec, however, this week, is that popular Player of the Year Jason Chewins has finally signed a deal to keep him at Aldershot Town for the next two years.
The deal means that left back Chewins will now receive the first ever Aldershot Town testimonial at the end of next season (2003/04).