Mali international Mohamed Sissoko to join Indonesian side

Mali international Mohamed Sissoko to join Indonesian side
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by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Apr 17, 2017. 19:00

Media reports indicate that three-time Indonesian champions Mitra Kukar are close to completing the signing of former Mali international Mohamed Sissoko.

The club announced that a deal is in place to sign the former Liverpool, PSG and Valencia midfielder on a one-year deal.

Reports also reveal that the 32-year-old, who has previously played in China and India, is expected to join after passing his medical and could be eligible for Mitra's second league game of the season against PSM at home next weekend.

Sissoko is set to become the fourth former English Premier League star to ply his trade in Indonesia after Michael Essien, Carlton Cole and Peter Odemwingie.


Meanwhile, Mitra will become Sissoko's third club in less than six months after leaving Indian side Pune City in December and then had his contract with Italian second-tier side Ternana terminated after only three weeks due to negative attitude.

The ex-Eagles international played for the Reds from 2005 and 2008 and was a key part at Anfield Stadium helping them to lift the English FA Cup back in 2006.

He made 87 appearances for Liverpool before joining Italian giants Juventus in January 2008 then switched to French club PSG two years laterwhere he won the league title in 2013.

On the other hand, Mitra becomes Sissoko's eleventh professional club having won the Spanish league title, UEFA Cup and Super Cup in 2004 with Valencia.

Sissoko made 34 appearances for Mali scoring twice and appeared at the 2004, 2008, 2010 and 2013 CAF African Cup of Nations tournaments.

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