Valour FC introduced on Thursday that 31-year-old fullback Arnold Bouka Moutou can be returning to the Winnipeg-based membership in 2021.
Bouka Moutou, a Congolese worldwide born in France, first signed for Valour final winter. He joined the membership for The Island Video games, however sadly he solely noticed restricted motion, struggling a hamstring damage in Valour’s first match of 2020 in opposition to Cavalry FC.
He made a really transient return as an alternative within the membership’s last sport of the season in opposition to Forge FC, however he was injured as soon as once more simply moments after coming into.
The veteran defender returned to France after the CPL season and has slowly recovered to the purpose the place he’s now coaching once more with French membership Angers.
“We all know how good a footballer he’s,” Valour coach Rob Gale informed CanPL.ca. “We’re hoping that in a full yr and correct integration he can get again to the extent he’s proven for his entire profession.
“He and his household actually appeared to love it right here. He bought to fulfill the Francophone group and he actually slot in effectively with the entire squad. It’s a very good match for each.”
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Bouka Moutou will return in 2021 to try to assist Valour enhance on its sixth-place end in 2020, which noticed it narrowly miss qualification for the second spherical.
The skilled defender, who traces up most comfortably at left-back, has a wealth of expertise at a excessive stage. He has made 42 appearances in his profession in France’s Ligue 1 — one of many prime leagues on the earth — throughout 4 years at Angers and Dijon, serving to the previous of the 2 win promotion from Ligue 2 in 2015. He most just lately performed within the French prime flight in January 2019.
On the worldwide stage, Bouka Moutou has 19 caps for the Republic of Congo, having represented them on the Africa Cup of Nations in 2015, and in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers. He scored a aim for his nation in his most up-to-date look in 2017, an 87th-minute equalizer in opposition to Egypt (though the Egyptians finally prevailed on a Ninety fifth-minute winner from Mo Salah).
Bouka Moutou is the ninth player currently signed for Valour FC, becoming a member of fellow internationals Moses Dyer, Andrew Jean-Baptiste, and Amir Soto. The membership has additionally locked down home gamers Masta Kacher, Stefan Cebara, Raphael Ohin, Brett Levis, and Austin Ricci.