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FC Edmonton signs Senegalese defender Pape Diakite

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FC Edmonton will open training camp this Wednesday the Commonwealth Fieldhouse, and on hand will be the team’s newest signing, Senegalese central defender Pape Diakite.

The team announced the signing Monday afternoon.

Last season, Diakite played 25 matches for Royal Antwerp FC of the Belgian second division. But he hasn’t played there since April of 2015; he was sent off in his final appearance for the club, a 2-0 loss to Lommel United. It was the only time he saw red all season.

“I’m excited to work with Pape,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said in a release issued by the club. “I know and played with his agent for many years. He spoke incredibly highly of Pape, the level he has played at means that he will come in and add some strength, depth, experience and quality to our centre back area. It puts more players under pressure to perform week-in, week-out. The competition now for places with the addition of Pape makes our back four complete.”

The move now maxes out FCE’s seven international roster spots allowed by NASL rules. Diakite joins internationals Adam Eckersley, Albert Watson, Daryl Fordyce, Tomi Ameobi, Gustavo and Ritchie Jones. While Sainey Nyassi (Gambia) and Dustin Corea (El Salvador) have played for those respective national teams, they have U.S. paperwork and therefore count as domestics.

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One Comment

  1. Flips

    February 8, 2016 at 5:25 pm

    Concerned that this move blocks Roberts a little more and I would like to see the team develop him into something sooner rather than later and lose him for nothing like Boakai. Lower division teams really need to develop their own players to cut down on player costs, and hopefully sell a few too.

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