Forge FC Signs Former TFC Striker Molham Babouli
North Star Shield title holders Forge FC have signed former TFC striker Molham Babouli ahead of the 2020 Canadian Premier League season.
The 27-year-old striker had been training with the Hamilton-based side since June, after having trained with York9 FC back in January. His announcement was largely expected after he was spotted in earlier Forge FC training videos.
Baboui’s return to professional soccer has been a long time coming following some contractual issues with former side Al-Ittihad SC Aleppo, but prior to that the Al Ain-born striker had appeared for MLS side Toronto FC 19 times, recording two assists in the Canadian Championship. He also made 26 appearances for Toronto FC II, contributing four goals and five assists at the USL level.
We are very happy to have Mo join our club. Mo is a player I know very well and one who will fit in right away with the way we play, adding further quality to our attacking group.Bobby Smyrniotis
Babouli becomes the latest in a string of former Sigma FC players to make their way to Forge FC, with the striker having scored five goals in six appearances for the League1 Ontario side back in 2017.
When he was unable to return to professional action following his aforementioned contractual issues, Babouli played indoor football with the Mississauga MetroStars, and also plied his trade in the CSL with FC Ukraine United, where he bagged eleven goals in seven games last year.
He had also made six appearances for the Canada U-23 side, scoring two goals for Les Rouges.
Following the landmark sale of 2019 CPL MVP Tristan Borges, Forge FC gaffer Bobby Smyrniotis made it no secret that he was looking to bring in new attacking talent, believing that the side should have converted more of its chances last year. The club has since brought in Belgian midfielder Paolo Sabak, with CPL-U SPORTS Draft pick Gabriel Balbinotti also recently signing for the club.
Forge FC will enter the 2020 Canadian Premier League season having retained most of its players from the inaugural campaign, with left-back Maxim Tissot joining alongside a few recent depth additions, too.
Detail’s regarding the length or financial compensation for Babouli’s contract were not disclosed by Forge FC, who will kick off The Island Games on August 13, 2020 in a match against rival side Cavalry FC.