TULSA, Okla. – Tulsa Athletic added their 12th signing for the 2019 season with the addition of All-American striker Aboubakr Diallo from Oklahoma City University.
“With Aboubakr Diallo on the team, we added another prolific scorer to the 2019 attack,” Daniel DeVore, GM of the Tulsa Athletic said. “In the offseason, we emphasized adding more offense, and Aboubakr brings that after having an All-American senior season at Oklahoma City. He also showed us he can be successful in the Heartland Conference after playing for the Demize in the 2017 season. Aboubakr will be fun to watch as he creates scoring opportunities for himself and his teammates. He is another weapon for the club on offense this season.”
Diallo, a native of Oyem, Gabon, had a breakout senior season for the Stars in the fall of 2018. He scored a team-high 21 goals in only 15 contests during his senior campaign. Diallo was named a third team All-American as he ranked ninth in the NAIA in goals scored and 10th in points among the NAIA in the 2018 season. The striker added eight assists for a total of 50 points during his final collegiate season.
The striker was named the Sooner Athletic Conference Player of the Year after leading the conference in points per game (3.33), points (50), shots per game (4.67), shots on goal per game (2.87), goals per game (1.40) and goals (21). He tied for fourth in the league in game-winning goals with three. Diallo was twice named the SAC Offensive Player of the Week during the 2018 season.
Twice Diallo tallied four goals in a match in 2018 to tie for the most goals by an individual in the league during the 2018 season. Diallo scored all four goals in a 4-3 victory over John Brown (Ark.) and added four more goals and two assists in a 9-0 win over Bacone.
During his junior campaign, Diallo was named All-Sooner Athletic Conference Second Team as he registered six goals and five assists in 18 contests. He started in 18 matches and posted 49 shots and 24 shots on goal. The junior totaled a brace with two goals against Texas A&M-Texarkana.
Before OCU, Diallo played at Rose State where he tallied 12 goals and four assists during his sophomore season. He was named the Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference Most Valuable Player and All-Oklahoma Collegiate Athletic Conference. The striker started and played in all 17 matches as a sophomore.
In his first collegiate season, he made 16 starts with 18 appearances. For the year, Diallo registered 10 goals, two assists and 22 points.
Diallo brings NPSL experience as he played the 2017 season with the Demize NPSL in the Heartland Conference. He made eight starts and appeared in nine contests during the 2017 campaign. The striker totaled a brace with two goals against the Athletic, including the game winner. For the season, he scored three goals and played 561 minutes.
The Tulsa Athletic open up the 2019 season on May 5 when the A’s play host to the Little Rock Rangers at home at Veteran’s Park. Start time is set for 2 p.m. with single game tickets available for as low as $5 for general admission.
2019 Season tickets are now on sale with three different levels available for the 2019 home schedule at Veteran’s Park. Buy your season tickets today at www.tulsaathletic.com.