Thursday, 11 July 2013

What do we know about Mohamed Coulibaly?

AFCB's third major signing of the summer is a little known Senagalese striker/winger who was playing at Grasshopper Zurich last season, but only made a handful of appearances. The free transfer on a two-year deal, which is still subject to international clearance, is unlikely to be costing the Cherries a great deal compared to dipping into the English market for new signings. 

From the talk that was buzzing around the Goldsands stadium yesterday it would seem that Mohamed Coulibaly was going to be signed whether or not Simeon Jackson penned a deal with the club. Mohamed was reported to be at one of the pre-season games this week which AFCB held and he played as a trialist against FC Zurich in a Bournemouth 11 last week.

There is little information on the new signing but he will be 25 in September.  He is said to be right-footed and has played mainly in midfield for SC Dornach (2011-12) in Switzerland as well as St Louis Neuweg (2010-11) and FC Gueugnon (2007-9) in France.

From what I can find Mohamed Coulibaly has not yet played internationally for Senegal. If he were to be picked and Senegal qualify for the 2014 African Nations Championship, AFCB will be without his services for several matches. Senegal's next qualifier is against Uganda on 5 September 2013. We can only hope that Coulibaly can have as much impact on the English game as his fellow-countryman Demba Ba has had.

It is possible that this means the Danny Ings deal is dead for good.

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