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Indy Eleven Signs Midfielder Aboubacar Sissoko

By Indy Eleven Communications, 02/10/21, 1:00PM EST

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Mali-born, Canadian-Raised Midfielder Spent 2020 Season with Canadian Premier League’s HFX Wanderers FC

Indy Eleven continued this week’s spree of player signings with today’s addition of midfielder Aboubacar Sissoko to the squad’s 2021 roster. Details of the contract that brings the dual citizen of Mali and Canada to the Circle City will not be released, per club policy.

“I'm very excited to start a new chapter of my career with Indy Eleven. After talking with [Head Coach Martin] Rennie, it felt obvious that coming to Indianapolis was the best decision,” said Sissoko. “I know the fans in Indianapolis are passionate about the club, and I can't wait to play in front of them and leave it all on the pitch to help Indy Eleven get back to its winning ways in 2021.”

Sissoko’s signing brings the number of Boys in Blue officially on board for the 2021 season to 16, split evenly between newcomers and returning members. The 25-year-old Sissoko is the fifth new international signing within the last month, joining defender Nedeljko Malić (Bosnia & Herzegovina/Austria), midfielders Nicky Law (England) and Gershon Koffie (Ghana), and forward Manuel Arteaga (Venezuela). The club’s roster as it currently stands includes:

Goalkeepers: Jordan Farr*

Defenders: Rece Buckmaster, Neveal Hackshaw*, Nedeljko Malić, Karl Ouimette*, Jared Timmer

Midfielders: Ayoze (Garcia)*, Mitch Guitar*, Carl Haworth*, Gershon Koffie, Nicky Law, Aboubacar Sissoko

Forwards: Manuel Arteaga, Cal Jennings, Nick Moon*, Josh Penn*

* returning players from 2020 roster

“Aboubacar is an excellent addition to our roster for the 2021 season. He has built a fantastic reputation, both on and off the field, while playing in Canada,” said Rennie. “We believe that Abu has potential to be an outstanding player in our league. We look forward to working with him and we trust our fans will join us in welcoming him to Indiana.”

Indy Eleven will introduce new members to the squad on both Thursday and Friday, with additional signings to be confirmed throughout February. Indiana’s Team will kick off its 2021 preseason camp at Grand Park in Westfield beginning in early March.

Born in Bamako, Mali, Sissoko moved to Montreal with his family at age 11 after his diplomat father was named to a post in the Canadian city. While standing out for a trio of clubs in the semi-pro Première Ligue de soccer de Québec (PLSQ) between 2014-19, Sissoko concurrently starred collegiately for the Montreal Carabins from 2015-19, earning the Canadian U Sports Player of the Year award – honoring Canada’s top male and female collegiate athlete across all sports – in 2018 and lifting the squad to that year’s U Sports National Championship.

Sissoko made his full professional debut last season with HFX (Halifax) Wanderers FC and appeared in ten of 11 contests during their shortened 2020 Canadian Premier League (CPL) calendar. The technical defensive midfielder earned All-League Best XI honors while helping HFX secure second place in the Island Games regular season slate. Sissoko and HFX would also see success in the postseason group stage tournament, earning the squad a spot in the league’s final last September.

Want to watch Sissoko and the rest of the Boys in Blue when they return to IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium in 2021? A limited number of Season Ticket Memberships are now available and can be secured starting at just $170 by visiting indyeleven.com/tickets or calling 317-685-1100.

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