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lo Iaic !iicc GABY Zakuani has urged Posh fans to keep faith with the club’s man­age­ment team as they at­tempt to build a side ca­pa­ble of com­pet­ing for a top-half Cham­pi­onship fin­ish.

Some Posh sup­port­ers have been show­ing frus­tra­tion at the lack of sum­mer sign­ings made by man­ager Dar­ren Fer­gu­son (below).

So far only cen­tral de­fender Nat Knight-per­ci­val, a free trans­fer re­cruit from non-league Wrex­ham, has moved to Lon­don Road since the end of last sea­son.

But pop­u­lar cen­tre-back Zakuani is un­con­cerned. He be­lieves Fer­gu­son’s rep­u­ta­tion as an ace tal­entspot­ter will serve Posh well again.

Posh can’t com­pete with fi­nan­cial mus­cle of most Cham­pi­onship clubs. Ear­lier this week Posh missed out on Fleet­wood striker Jamie Vardy who in­stead joined Le­ices­ter City for a £1 mil­lion-plus fee.

Zakuani said: “It’s early yet and to be fair not many clubs have made any sign­ings so no-one should be wor­ried.

“We have a man­ager who found qual­ity play­ers like Craig Al­cock and Shaun Bris­ley last sea­son and I have no doubts that he will find some more.

“I don’t know a lot about Nat Knight-per­ci­val, but I did speak to Dean Keates (a for­mer Posh team­mate now at Wr e x h a m ) the other day and he rates him very highly.

“To con­vert ONLY four new play­ers have been signed by Cham­pi­onship clubs since the end of last sea­son and three of them have been pur­chased by Le­ices­ter. TUIBEYDC!UYE Ofk! (Since the end of last sea­son) Ja­son Pearce (Portsmouth to Leeds) Matthew James (Manch­ester United to Le­ices­ter) Ritchie De Laat (Manch­ester United to Le­ices­ter) Jamie Vardy (Fleet­wood to Le­ices­ter). from a winger to a cen­tre-back so suc­cess­fully and so quickly is im­pres­sive so I have no doubt he will be agood player for us,”

Zakuani has been forced to post­pone his char­ity mis­sion to Africa this sum­mer in or­der to en­sure he’s fully fit for the start of next sea­son.

The pop­u­lar Posh cen­tre-back was plan­ning to visit Ghana on be­half of the Tackle Africa char­ity next month to coach foot­ball and to in­crease aware­ness of the HIV virus.

But, fol­low­ing con­ver­sa­tions with the Posh man­age­ment and the re­ceipt of a sched­ule of med­i­cal ap­point­ments, Zakuani has post­poned the trip for a year. The 25 year-old played through the pain bar­rier for much of last sea­son af­ter break­ing a toe and dis­lo­cat­ing a shoul­der. He still won most of the player-ofthe-sea­son awards, but he wants to hit the ground run­ning next sea­son. Zakuani added: “It’s a blow not to be

able to make the trip, but it would be im­pos­si­ble be­cause of the sched­ule I have for the sum­mer.

“I need to be fully fit at the start of next sea­son. I can’t have another year of pain-killing in­jec­tions.

“I’ve still raised in the re­gion of £5,000 for Tackle Africa and I will be de­ter­mined to make the trip next sum­mer. It’s been post­poned, not can­celled.”

PLEA TO FANS: Gaby Zakuani.

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