Mali’s soccer captain Yacouba Sylla transitions to Norway

PARIS, France––In a quest to play at this year’s Africa Cup of Nations, Mali international soccer star Yacouba Sylla has joined Strømsgodset on a two-year deal

Sylla, a 28-year-old midfielder is a free agent after leaving Belgian club KV Mechelen in early February.

This will be the much-travelled African player’s seventh club in six years.

Sylla considers the new opportunity as a new challenge ahead of him.

“I am very happy to have joined Strømsgodset. It is a great opportunity for me to play football in a new country and I look forward to helping the team with my qualities and experience,” he told media group.

“I’m very ready to give everything I have, and I am just looking forward to getting started.

“I have met nice people on arrival here and I noticed that there is a good atmosphere in the club.”

Sylla represented France – his country of birth – at youth level, before switching to Mali.

The 30-year Sylla, who has 30 appearances for the Eagles, captained Mali at the 2017 Nations Cup tournament.

His last appearance for the West Africans was against Morocco in a 2018 World Cup qualifier back in September 2017.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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