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Abdou Samake Tears Up Contract With Valour FC

By on June 26, 2024 0 738 Views

Canadian Premier League side Valour FC has mutually parted ways with defender Abou Samake.

The centre-back was in his second season with the club, having made 22 appearances for the Winnipeg-based side in all, with the defender contributing a sole goal against Forge last fall.

This season saw Samake play the full ninety in Valour’s first three league games before picking up an injury in their lopsided Canadian Championship loss to Atletico Ottawa. That ultimately marked his last appearance for Winnipeg, with his next steps unknown after this week’s termination of his contract.

His arrival to Winnipeg came after three seasons with Pacific, where he enjoyed a title-winning campaign in 2021 and racked up 53 appearances between 2020-2022. Stuck between Amer Didic and Thomas Meilleur-Giguere at the time, we viewed his Valour’s acquisition as quite a solid move.

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The 2023 CPL season proved a tough on for Valour, who finished bottom of the table with the second-worst goal differential in the league. This season hasn’t proven much easier for the side either.

“I want to thank Abdou for all the hard work and commitment demonstrated over the past year and a half,” said Valour FC head coach Philip Dos Santos. “We wish him all the best in the next chapter of his career.”

The Canadian-Malian defender had developed with the CF Montreal Academy – then called the Impact Academy – and later the Chicago Fire U-23 in the PDL. Having gone the NCAA route before turning professional, it remains to be seen if his playing career will remain rooted in North America.

Valour currently rest in seventh place, with the defensive pairing of Tass Mourdoukoutas and Charalampos Chantzopoulos being the preferred centre-back pairing for Philip Dos Santos.