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Elimane Cissé arrives in Hamilton for crucial match against Toronto FC – Forge FC

Elimane Cissé arrives in Hamilton for crucial match against Toronto FC – Forge FC
Elimane Cissé arrives in Hamilton for crucial match against Toronto FC – Forge FC

In an exciting development for Forge FC fans, the club is proud to announce the signing of Senegalese midfielder Elimane Cissé ahead of the highly anticipated match against Toronto FC in the semi-finals of the TELUS Canadian Championship. After patiently waiting for his international papers and visa to be processed, Cissé is finally back in Hamilton, just in time for one of the biggest games of the season.

A champion returns to Forge FC

Elimane Cissé, 28, is no stranger to Forge FC and its passionate supporters. The club announced on January 31, 2024 that they had offered Cissé a multi-year contract, welcoming the two-time Canadian Premier League (CPL) champion back to the squad for the 2024 CPL season. His return is a momentous occasion, marking a new chapter for both the player and the club.

Cissé’s first spell at Forge FC, from 2019 to 2021, was marked by his impressive versatility and consistent performances. During this period, he appeared in 74 matches, contributing 3 goals and 4 assists in all competitions. His dynamic play was instrumental in helping Forge FC to two CPL titles in 2019 and 2020, cementing his reputation as one of the league’s most versatile players.

International experience and versatility

Cissé’s journey since leaving Forge FC in 2022 has only added to his wealth of experience. After a spell at Moroccan side Union Touarga, he returned to his homeland to play for Diambars de Saly Dourbel. His international career is similarly remarkable, with 12 caps for Senegal and 19 appearances at youth level, including a semi-final appearance at the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup in New Zealand.

This extensive international experience and his ability to play in multiple positions make Cissé a valuable asset to Forge FC, with head coach Bobby Smyrniotis likely to lean heavily on the Senegalese midfielder as the club navigates the challenges of the upcoming season.

Fan favorite ready to make an impact

The news of Cissé’s arrival in Hamilton has been met with overwhelming enthusiasm from Forge FC supporters. His return is not only a boost to the depth and quality of the squad, but also a major morale boost for the fans. Cissé is known for his work rate, tactical intelligence and leadership on the pitch and is expected to play a crucial role in the upcoming matches.

As Forge FC prepare to face Toronto FC, the addition of Cissé to the squad adds an extra layer of anticipation and hope. His presence is expected to galvanize the team, bringing both experience and a winning mentality that could prove decisive in this crucial match.

Looking forward

With Elimane Cissé now available for selection, Forge FC are looking to strengthen their bid for another successful season. His arrival comes at a crucial time and the club, along with their supporters, are eager to see the impact he will make on the pitch.

Stay tuned for what promises to be an exciting match as Forge FC take on Toronto FC, with Elimane Cissé set to once again don the Forge orange and lead the team to victory.


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