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Forge FC’s Sissoko signs with Atletico Ottawa


Midfielder Abou Sissoko, who spent the last two seasons with CPL champion Forge FC, has joined Atletico Ottawa on a two-year contract.

“Sissoko is a player who fits perfectly with the characteri­stics we are looking for as a team and that this league demands — energy and box-to-box ability, natural talent and the mentality of a great competitor,” Ottawa coach Carlos Gonzalez said in a statement.

Born in Mali, Sissoko moved to Montreal at the age of 11. He played in Ligue1 Quebec, formerly known as the PLSQ, with CS Longueuil and CS Mont-Royal Outremont before joining the Montreal Carabins.

He helped the Halifax Wanderers in their run to the 2020 CPL Island Games final before moving to Indy Eleven in the United Soccer League where he played alongside Atletico Ottawa defender Karl Ouimette and former-captain Carl Haworth.

The 28-year-old then joined Forge, making 65 appearance­s over two seasons with six goals and five assists from his defensive midfielder position.

“This move brings me closer to my family, to a beautiful city and to play for a team that will be a top contender to win the championsh­ip this year,” said Sissoko.

In other CPL news, the Halifax Wanderers have signed veteran Trinidad internatio­nal forward Ryan Telfer to a contract for the 2024 season with a club option for 2025. The 29-year-old spent last season in the USL Championsh­ip with Miami FC, scoring five goals in 30 matches. Telfer, then with York United, scored the first goal in CPL history on April 27, 2019, in the league’s inaugural match between York and Forge FC. He played from 2019 to 2021 with York and Atletico Ottawa with 11 goals in 49 career CPL matches.

“He’s a left-footer that has loads of experience against tough opposition playing in some big games for club and country and has developed into a leader over the years.” Halifax coach Patrice Gheisar said.

Telfer signed with Toronto FC 2 in May 2017 after two seasons at York University. He signed a first-team contract with TFC in April 2018, making a total of 15 league appearance­s in 2018 and ‘19 — and turned heads in his fourth start when he scored the winning goal in a 2-1 victory over Orlando City SC with a left-footed volley off a long-distance cross from Brazilian fullback Auro.

 ?? CHRIS HUE THE CANADIAN PRESS ?? Newly signed Atletico Ottawa midfielder Abou Sissoko.
CHRIS HUE THE CANADIAN PRESS Newly signed Atletico Ottawa midfielder Abou Sissoko.

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