For a second Monday in a row, FC Cincinnati announced the addition of a new striker to their 2017 roster. Djiby Fall joins the Orange and Blue from Irtysh Pavlodar of the Kazakstan Premier League. The news of Fall’s signing comes on the heels of acquiring 19 year-old Victor Mansaray on loan from Seattle last week. Fall will wear the #9 shirt for FC Cincinnati this season, highlighting the role the club has planned for him. For a bio of the Senegalese striker, see the FC Cincinnati press release.
Landing Fall highlights another recent FC Cincinnati acquisition, assistant coach and head scout Alan Koch. Koch revealed during the press conference that he located and landed Fall through an agent in his scouting network.
At 31 years of age, Fall has seen a lot of football in a lot of countries. His career peaked statistically between 2008 and 2010 while playing in Scandinavia. He won the Golden Boot in Denmark before making a move to Lokomotiv Moscow. Unfortunately for Fall, he couldn’t produce the same goalscoring results in Russia and was loaned back to Scandinavia where he again found success.
His jersey reads “Djiby” and in addition to a warm smile, he’ll bring the following to the Orange and Blue this season.
A clear #9 – Not only will he wear the number 9 shirt but he looks built and bought specifically to be a strong target center forward. He’s got plenty of competition for that role with Fordyce, Mansarary, Cummings, and Townsend in contention. They mentioned in yesterday’s press conference that Andy Craven, also a striker, is likely to play on the wing.
International Experience – Europe is the home of the best leagues in the world. Although Fall didn’t feature in Europe’s top leagues, the standard there is high, and he got games and goals in that environment. No one else on FC Cincinnati’s roster can boast the same. Fall and Omar Cummings can provide valuable lessons to FC Cincinnati’s younger players on how to be a professional and how to succeed at the next level.
Proven Goalscoring Credentials – Fall has stuck the ball in the back of the net in France, Denmark, U.A.E., Norway, Belgium, Turkey, and Kazakstan. He’s been doing this around the globe for over ten years. Let’s hope he’s still got it and finds form like he had in Denmark for FC Cincinnati this USL season.
Here’s some recent goalscoring footage from Fall’s time with Randers in Denmark during the 14/15 season. He’s a classic power forward with a penchant for headed goals. This video skips some of the painful music associated with other video montages of Fall. I’ll take Danish commentators over that any day.
The addition of Fall concludes the offseason transfer business for the Orange and Blue. This weekend the team heads down to Bradenton, Florida to begin their preseason and defend last year’s IMG Academy trophy. There are three FC Cincinnati games to take in next week. Count ’em,…1,2,3, starting with the Sunday February 19th matchup against OKC Energy at 3:30pm.
Stay tuned to Orange and Blue Press for more coverage of FC Cincinnati’s preseason.