The Wanderers have boosted their attacking options with the signing of two speedy wingers.
28 year old left winger Mohamed Kourouma and Abd-El-Aziz Yousef, who is 19 and plays on the right, have both joined the club.
Head coach Stephen Hart thinks the pair will be a handful for defenders in the new Canadian Premier League.
“Mohamed is like an old fashioned winger and brings a lot of penetration to the team,” said Hart. “Yousef has good qualities, he is direct and gets in the penalty area.”
Kourouma, who was born in Guinea, West Africa but raised in Montreal, is signing for the Wanderers after playing for two seasons with Miami in the USL Premier Development League.
He got noticed by Stephen Hart in Montreal last fall when he decided to give it a shot at the CPL’s Got Game tryouts.
“I liked him,” Hart said. “So I’m pleased we’ve been able to sign him.”
It’s been a seamless transition for Kourouma, who played alongside big defender Chakib Hocine before and knows a few other faces in the squad.
“I’m excited. The team is really good and we have a lot of good players. I think we will do well, we have a lot of talent,” Kourouma said.
The left winger said he’s looking forward to demonstrating his speed, technique and hopefully goal scoring ability in front of the fans.
Joining him in signing for the team is Abd-El-Aziz Yousef who was born in Saudi Arabia before growing up in Vancouver.
He was trying out for a team in Holland when his agent got him in touch with the Wanderers.
Yousef describes himself as a fast player with vision to pick a pass, who likes to play right wing or as an attacking midfielder.
“This feels great it’s a dream opportunity for me and I think it’s amazing what they’re doing in Halifax,” Yousef said.
Still a teenager, the young winger is grateful to get the chance to play alongside a number of experienced professionals with the Wanderers.
“I’m one of the younger guys so it’s good I’m going to get to learn,” he said.
Both players have already joined up with the team’s preseason training camp as the new league’s big kick-off gets ever closer.
The Wanderers begin the new CPL season April 28 on the West Coast against Pacific FC, before the club’s first ever home match on May 4 versus Hamilton’s Forge FC.
That’s going to be the first chance for fans at the Wanderers Grounds to see our players in our first ever home kit.
Our other big news today is that our home and away kits are going to be revealed later tonight! To make sure you get a first glimpse, follow our social media channels after 8 p.m.
You can also join in the fun with Wanderers fans at a viewing party where the kits of all seven CPL teams will be revealed.
That’s at Niche Lounge on Barrington Street in downtown Halifax from 7 p.m.
Come on you Wanderers!