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Valour Names Club Original Raphael Ohin Captain For 2024

By on April 9, 2024 0 710 Views

There’s only one Valour FC original left standing in Winnipeg, and this year will see him don the captain’s armband as the club seeks out an ambitious, transformative season.

The man to answer that call is none other than Raphael Ohin, who was only officially re-signed last week after having suffered two back-to-back season-ending injuries.

Ohin returns to lead the team having tallied 59 all-time appearances for the club, which makes him Valour’s all-time leader out of active players following the departures of Diego Gutierrez and Andy Baquero this offseason.

The rise to the armband comes after a tough two-year spell that saw his 2022 campaign aborted after suffering an ACL tear in preseason, while 2023 was cut short after an early-season injury against the TSS Rovers.

Diego Gutierrez had previously led the side, but the captain went to Cavalry this season after turning down a ‘substantial offer’ from Winnipeg.

Head coach Phillip Dos Santos had seen what a healthy Ohin could do back in 2021 – the gaffer’s first season in charge – with Ohin tallying 28 appearances as the side finished one point outside of playoffs, its closest run yet.

The midfielder first arrived to Winnipeg in 2016 after playing for academy sides in his native Ghana, Switzerland, and Thailand.

After settling in Canada, he spent three seasons developing with PDL side WSA Winnipeg (now FC Manitoba) before signing with Valour FC ahead of the inaugural Canadian Premier League season.

Ohin will have his first leadership test through a string of away matches starting this weekend against Vancouver FC, with a new turf installation at Princess Auto Stadium forcing the club to open with a hefty string of away games.

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