Moussa Konaté (footballer)

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Moussa Konaté
Pape Moussa Konaté.jpg
Konaté playing for Senegal at the London Olympics in 2012
Personal information
Full name Pape Moussa Konaté[1]
Date of birth (1993-04-03) 3 April 1993 (age 21)
Place of birth Senegal
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)[citation needed]
Playing position Forward
Winger
Club information
Current team
FC Sion
Youth career
2005–2010 ASC Toure Kunda de Mbour
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2010–2011 ASC Toure Kunda de Mbour 9 (3)
2011–2012 Maccabi Tel Aviv 29 (5)
2012–2014 FC Krasnodar 10 (1)
2013–2014 Genoa (loan) 25 (1)
2014– FC Sion 18 (11)
National team
2010– Senegal U20 4 (0)
2012– Senegal U23 4 (5)
2012– Senegal 10 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 July 2013.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 29 March 2015

Pape Moussa Konaté (born 3 April 1993), known as simply Moussa Konaté, is a Senegalese professional footballer who plays for the Swiss club FC Sion as a forward.

Career[edit]

Moussa Konaté started his career playing for Senegalese second division club "ASC Toure Kunda de Mbour", Helping them to win promotion to top division and win the Senegal FA Cup for 2010 season, which resulted in 2011 CAF Confederation Cup appearance. In spring 2011 Konaté went to Israel for a month trial for Maccabi Tel Aviv. He impressed Maccabi's coach Moti Ivanir enough to become Maccabi's first signing for the 2011–12 season.[2]

Maccabi Tel Aviv[edit]

After signing a two-year contract with the club, Konaté became Maccabi's fifth foreign player on the squad. He made his debut playing in UEFA Europe League second qualifying round against FK Khazar Lankaran scoring the first goal and assisting the second to Eliran Atar resulting in Maccabi's victory 3–1.[3]

FC Krasnodar[edit]

After excelling playing for Senegal in the 2012 Summer Olympics scoring five goals,[4] Konaté moved to play for Russian FC Krasnodar,[5][6] for a fee of 2 million. Konaté was linked with Premier League clubs.[7] After joining Krasnodar, he revealed he rejected a move from the Premier League clubs in favour of joining Krasnodar.[8]

Genoa loan spell[edit]

On 12 July 2013, Konaté joined Italian Serie A side Genoa on a season-long loan deal.[9]

International career[edit]

Konaté started all of Senegal's matches at the 2012 Olympic tournament in which the nation reached the quarter-finals. In the first group game at Old Trafford, he scored an 82nd-minute equaliser in a 1–1 draw with hosts Great Britain.[10]

Konaté was named in the Sengalese squad for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations after Diafra Sakho withdrew due to injury.[11]

International goals[edit]

Scores and Results show Senegal's goal tally first
International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition Ref.
1. 25 May 2012 Stade de Marrakech, Marrakesh, Morocco  Morocco
1–0
1–0
Friendly
2. 31 May 2014 Estadio Pedro Bidegain, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Colombia
1–2
2–2
Friendly
3. 13 January 2015 Stade Larbi Benbarek, Casablanca, Morocco  Guinea
5–1
5–2
Friendly
4. 28 March 2015 Stade Océane, Le Havre, France  Ghana
1–0
2–1
Friendly
5.
2–0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uefa Profile Moussa". UEFA. 
  2. ^ "Maccabi Tel Aviv recruit Senegal's Moussa Konaté". Goal.com. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "UEFA Europa League 2011/12 - History - M. Tel-Aviv-Xäzär Länkäran –". Uefa.com. 14 July 2011. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "World Player of the Week: Moussa Konate - Senegal". Goal.com. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  5. ^ "Senegal striker Moussa Konate joins Russia's Krasnodar". BBC Sport. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 24 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Official: Moussa Konate joins Kuban Krasnodar". Goal.com. 23 August 2012. Retrieved January 2013. 
  7. ^ "THE INSIDER: West Ham join Newcastle and City in Konate chase as Villa eye Fletcher". Daily Mail. 30 July 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  8. ^ "Konate opts for Russian move". Sky Sports. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  9. ^ http://genoacfc.it/notizie/moussa-konate-e-del-genoa/
  10. ^ Fletcher, Paul (26 July 2014). "London 2012: Great Britain denied by late Senegal strike". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 January 2015. 
  11. ^ "2015 Africa Cup of Nations: Diafra Sakho ruled out for Senegal". BBC Sport. 7 January 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2015.