Sissoko Absent From Forge’s Concacaf Champions Cup Roster
There was one big surprise on Forge FC’s initial 20-man roster for the 2024 Concacaf Champions Cup.
The hammers were required to post-up their initial roster spots ahead of their continental opening round bout against Chivas next month, though it looks like Aboubacar Sissoko isn’t on the list.
The 28-year-old defensive midfielder – who made his Forge debut against Cruz Azul in 2022 – has been a key performer in the club over the last two seasons, tallying six goals and five assists through 65 appearances, though his minutes trended downwards by the end of last season.
The roster submitted to Concacaf shows that goalkeeper Triston Henry will be backed up by Christopher Kalongo and Dino Bontis, while the defensive line sees Dominic Samuel (who scored in a friendly against CD Irapuato last week), Kwasi Poku, Garven Metusala, Abdulmalik Owolabi-Belewu, and Malcolm Duncan return to the fold.
The midfielder sees Kyle Bekker, Alexander Achinioti-Jonsson, Alessandro Hojabrpour, Noah Jensen, Khadim Kane, Sebastian Castello, and Concacaf assassin David Choiniere listed, while the forward like features Jordan Hamilton, Terran Campbell, Tristan Borges, Beni Badibanga, and youngster Kevaughn Tavernier.
The hammers already saw off-season moves outbound for striker Woobens Pacius, full-back Rezart Rama, and centre-back Manjrekar James.
It’s not clear whether Sissoko’s absence is due to injury or a transfer out, with the six-foot-one midfielder boasting a strong profile: even prior to Forge, he helped the Halifax Wanderers land an appearance in the 2020 CPL Final before netting a move to USL Championship side Indy Eleven.
Teams in the continental competition can register up to 35 players, so Forge is still free to add athletes to the list ahead of their home match against Chivas Guadalajara on February 7, though players already added cannot be removed.
Forge has spent the last two weeks in Queretaro to prepare for the match, facing the likes of third division sides Inter Queretaro and CD Iruaputo, second division side Celaya FC, and Liga MX’s CF Pachuca.
They return to Hamilton tomorrow with one week to go for the home bout against Chivas, who recently confirmed the return of fabled striker Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez. While he’s named on their competition roster, it’s unlikely the striker will be fit for the cold trip up to Ontario.
Canadian Premier League rivals Cavalry FC also had their Concacaf Champions Cup roster revealed today, which contained no surprises barring the transfer out of midfielder Ethan Beckford.
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