Kitchee make a significant off-season addition as they sign former Liverpool and Juventus midfielder, Mohamed “Momo” Sissoko The signing was made official on the club’s Facebook page Wednesday, July 4th, and Sissoko arrived at the Hong Kong International Airport in the morning of July 10th.
French-born Sissoko decided to represent Mali in international football, earning 34 caps for his ancestral country. His resume also includes well-known European clubs such as Valencia, Liverpool, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain. The midfielder helped the Spanish club to win La Liga and the UEFA Cup in 2003, before hoisting the FA Cup with Liverpool in 2006.
The 33-year-old defensive midfielder is also not short of experience in Asian football, as he joined Shanghai Shenhua in the Chinese Super League for half of the 2015 season, before spending time in India and Indonesia as well.
With several players departing, Kitchee need some overhaul to fill in their missing pieces. Sissoko is seemingly a good fit to replace Krisztian Vadócz, whose departure has been confirmed by chairman Ken Ng. Ng also pointed out that there were several squad changes following the previous season. The number of players for the upcoming campaign will decrease, but the club’s ambition remains unchanged, as their main target is to return to Asian Champions League group stage. It is expected that Kitchee will still announce another major signing in the next weeks, as key figures such as Alex Akande (Yanbian Funde), Lam Ka-wai (Eastern), Lo Kwan-yee (R&F), Lam Zhi-gin and Paulinho have left the club already.