FC Wichita has signed forward Franck Tayou ahead of the 2018 NPSL season.

Franck, brother of FC Wichita defender Uzi Tayou, has decided to join the boys in red for 2018. Tayou brings a wealth of experience to a group that was dangerous before his arrival. Standing nearly 6-foot-2, Tayou’s ability to utilize his size and strength is obvious, but many times is secondary to the technical brilliance he can produce on the ball.

Those moments have treated Tayou well over his career. Tayou was honored as the Major Arena Soccer League MVP in 2016, and has previously been selected into both the US Arena & US Futsal National teams. In addition to the indoor game, Tayou also has recently spent time in the USL with San Antonio FC and the Richmond Kickers.

Tayou is currently in season playing for Sonora, Mexico, of the MASL. At the moment, Tayou leads the league in points and scoring with 47 goals. That’s only four goals clear of second place, but an astonishing 22 goals clear of the next contender.

Tayou began his college career at West Virginia University in 2010 where he played for two years, leading the Mountaineers to the NCAA tournament in both seasons.

Alongside Franck in those days was a familiar cast of FC Wichita alums including Uzi Tayou, Travis Pittman, Uwem Etuk, and of course the late Abel “Shadow” Sebele. Franck will arrive in Wichita this April alongside his brother and arena national teammate Matt Clare.

“Like many FC Wichita family and fans before him, Franck will show up holding his heart in one hand, and the No. 18 in the other,” CEO Blake Shumaker said. “As an opponent he’s clearly a problem you have to deal with. I would hate to be on the opposing team if Franck has more to play for then the love for the game. We can’t wait to get these guys in and turn them loose.”

FC Wichita has dedicated this season to Shadow Sebele and what he represents for growth of soccer in Wichita.

“Shadow believed in the process, we had a five year plan and he helped us crush many of those in year one. He was our first captain, our first goal, and family,” Shumaker said. “Today we have a large facility in construction, professional soccer kicking down the door, and youth players getting national exposure. Every year we have been blessed, checking off prior tasks and setting new goals. Now, with this cast of players, we want to honor him in the year “18” with one larger goal, a national championship.”

“I am excited to join FC Wichita and play in honor of my brother Shadow Sebele,” Tayou said. “I’ve heard good things about the organization and the fans, so I will enjoy this opportunity to play with Uzi and an extremely talented midfielder like Matt Clare.”

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