Atletico Ottawa Adds Two-Time CPL Champion Aboubacar Sissoko
Two-time Canadian Premier League champion Aboubacar Sissoko is trading the orange of Forge for the red-and-white of Atletico Ottawa.
The 28-year-old defensive midfielder has put pen to paper on a two-year deal in the nation’s capital, representing a remarkable signing just one week after questions were raised from his absence at the Forge camp.
“With the arrival of Aboubakar Sissoko we add secure value to our midfield,” said Atletico Ottawa head coach Carlos Gonzalez, who was defeated by the player in the 2022 CPL Final.
“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. We are looking forward to seeing how he complements and adds depth to our midfield this season.”
Sissoko had been a key performer in Hamilton, making his debut against Cruz Azul two years ago and racking up some 65 appearances, while also contributing six goals and five assists throughout two successful seasons.
He was no stranger to the CPL even before his spell in orange, having helped the Halifax Wanderers to a 2020 CPL Final appearance at The Island Games before signing with USL Championship side Indy Eleven, where the Mali-born midfielder tallied 21 appearances.
He and his family have called Montreal home for most of his life, with Atletico Ottawa representing as close to a homecoming as the Canadian Premier League – which has no team in Quebec – presently allows.
“I am very happy to have made this move and to have joined Atletico Ottawa. 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, who won Forge a CPL title in front of some 15,000 fans at TD Place two season ago.
“Every time I have come here the crowd has been great, and the fans were electric. As a player, I am very fortunate to have won the CPL play-off final in the last two years, but I’ve come here to win again and lift another trophy in 2024. I can’t wait to meet the fans, play in front of them and hopefully give them more to cheer about.”
It’s been quite an exciting offseason for Atletico Ottawa, who managed to retain most of its core players while securing the return of Ballou Tabla, the homecoming of Kris Twardek, and the loan of Villarreal prospect Liberman Torres.
With Sissoko arriving on a two-year deal, fans in the nation’s capital will feel confident going into the season that the assembled squad are real championship contenders for 2024.
Header Image Photo Credit: Jojo Yanjiao Qian / Forge FC