PROFILE | International Defender

The Somali international Mo Ali comes into the club with good experience of the Vanarama National League North under his belt.

With his last two seasons spent at the Tameside Stadium with Curzon Ashton, the centre back is well equipped to deal with the challenges at this level.

Despite being in England for the majority of his senior career, the 25-year-old came through the youth system at Alphense Boys in Holland.

Following a short stint with ADO Den Haag, he then returned to Alphen aan den Rijn, where he would go on to make his first team debut.

After moving to Manchester, Ali joined Northwich Victoria, where he stayed for two seasons.

The centre back went on to spend time with Glossop North End, Mossley and Droylsden, before signing for the Nash.

On the international stage, Ali represents Somalia, where he was born and spent his early years, before his family fled to Holland, due to the civil war that took place there between 1991 and 2006.

Mo was a part of history for his national side, as he played in the team that picked up their first ever World Cup qualifier victory, overcoming Zimbabwe 1-0.

When he’s not featuring in Somalian footballing history, he is a part time driving instructor, and will be looking to steer Southport’s defence on the field next season.

Written by Amos Wynn

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