Source: French Footballer Aly Ndom Set For CPL
French footballer Aly Ndom has set sail for the Canadian Premier League, sources tell Northern Tribune.
The midfielder brings plenty of Ligue 2 experience to Canada’s top flight, though he most recently played for Finnish top flight side IFK Mariehamn. The 27-year-old was deployed in central and defensive midfield roles for the club, tallying 28 appearances before leaving at the end of the season.
While IFK Mariehamn survived a tough relegation battle, Ndom’s career got its start by helping Ligue 2 side Reims earn promotion to France’s top flight. The Frenchman had worked his way through their reserves to the first team, making 12 appearances in the top flight (and 71 overall) for Reims before 2019 saw him loaned to Ligue 2 side Caen shortly before he moved to AJ Auxerre on a permeant transfer.
Proving a regular with the side during its spell in Ligue 2, Ndom left for Romanian top flight side Chindia Targoviste – where Vancouver’s Mikael Cantave once played – at the end of his three-year deal with Auxerre, despite continued interest in France’s second tier. The journeyman then moved to Italy’s Serie C with Viterbese, though he terminated his deal in a bid for gametime and certainly found it with Mariehamn.
The left-footed defensive midfielder will arrive to the Canadian Premier League with nearly 100 Ligue 2 matches to his name, and a few in France’s top flight to boot. York United standout Diyaeddine Abzihad described France’s second tier as a big leap in level following his time in the CPL, so there will be high expectations for Ndom to perform in Canada.