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In focus: Ousseynou Cissé

Get to know MK Dons' newest signing - Mali international midfielder Ousseynou Cissé

29 June 2017

Cissé was born in Suresnes, a town just six miles away from the centre of Paris.

At the age of 16 he joined French side Amiens SC, with whom he made his senior debut in a Coupe De La Ligue tie against Dijon in July 2010 – Cissé was an extra-time substitute in a 2-1 victory.

The following campaign – 2011/12 – he appeared in his first league fixture for the Ligue 2 outfit, playing the full 90 minutes in their clash with Reims. He would go on to make a total of 19 appearances for Les Licornes that season, helping them achieve a sixth-place finish.

In July 2012, Cissé switched Ligue 2 clubs and signed a two-year deal with Dijon FCO, who had just been relegated from the top tier. His first game for the team based in Côte-d'Or came against Guingamp in August – one of 24 appearances the-then 21-year-old made during the 2012/13 season.

Then came arguably the most distinguished campaign of Cissé’s career to-date – the 2013/14 season – when, as well as making 32 starts, the defensive midfielder also found the net five times.

He extended his stay with Dijon the following summer and continued to remain a consistent fixture in the starting XI during the 2014/15 campaign. He played 35 times to take his appearance total for the club to 100 but Cissé and Dijon couldn’t cap off the season by securing promotion, missing out on third-place by four points.

Cissé’s performances at club level earned him a call-up to the Mali national team in June 2015. He made his international debut in an African Cup of Nations qualifier against South Sudan, playing his part in the Eagles’ 2-0 victory.

The following month, after three years with Dijon, Cissé opted for a move to Spain to join La Liga side Rayo Vallecano for an undisclosed fee. He spent the majority of the 2015/16 campaign on loan at Belgian Pro-League club Waasland-Beveren, with whom he played 12 times and scored one goal. He also added a further three international caps to his tally.

That summer Cissé returned to the second tier of French football, signing a deal with Tours FC. In his one and only season with TFC, he played 25 times and scored one goal while also captaining the side on one occasion.


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