Winger recalled by Sky Blues amid loan club turmoil
COVENTRY City winger Reise Allassani has been recalled from his loan spell at Ebbsfleet United.
The 22-year-old forward joined Fleet on a three-month deal at the end of September and made his debut in a 3-1 win at Dagenham when he earned the man of the match award for a dazzling display.
In fact, he played so well that even the home supporters applauded him when he went off 17 minutes from time.
The Sky Blues summer signing from Dulwich Hamlet has been limited to 29 minutes on the pitch in League One so far, going on as a substitute against Gillingham and Rochdale, while also playing 87 minutes in the Checkatrade Trophy against Arsenal Under-21s.
He was then sent to Kent to get regular first team football but, unfortunately, suffered an Achilles injury in his second game and returned to Ryton for treatment.
Allassani returned and made two substitute appearances last month but has been recalled by City amid off-field turmoil at the National League club, which was issued with a winding-up petition last week.
The Non-League Paper reported that the club’s players had been paid late in seven of the last ten months.
The Kent side have looked to tighten their budget in recent weeks and have let four firstteam players go in a bid to balance the books. Despite news of the winding up order being revealed, Ebbsfleet’s managing director David Archer has moved to reassure supporters, telling Kent Live: “Payment is being transferred as we speak. It’s all resolved.
“They know it’s all being done through the procedure. It’s all in hand.”
Meanwhile, a statement posted on the club’s official website read: “The football club is fully aware of the petition published in ‘The Gazette’ relating to a winding-up order.
“Arrangements have been in place to pay the full amount within 72 hours and as a result ensure the removal of the petition through the standard procedure for these matters.”
Ebbsfleet are owned by Kuwaiti businessman Dr Abdulla AlHumaidi who bought the then National League South club in the summer of 2013.
Despite their off-field troubles, Ebbsfleet are on a good run of form under new boss Garry Hill and are sitting tenth in the National League table following Saturday’s impressive 2-0 win at Aldershot.
Allassani will join up with Sky Blues’ under-23s who have been without a competitive fixture since they faced Watford away from home on Friday, November 23.
They have taken on Oxford United’s under-23s and Tamworth in friendlies and on Monday have a Professional Development game away at Colchester United.
City currently sit in sixth in the Professional Development League South table, with Colchester bottom in tenth.
Reise Allassani earned the man-of-the-match award on his first outing for Ebbsfleet