In our ‘Where Are They Now’ series we’ll be taking a look back at some of our past players and hearing from them as they provide an update on what they’re up to these days.
This week, we heard from former Sky Blue defender Jacques Faty, as he hosted a live Facebook chat on Tuesday night.
Faty joined the Sky Blues as an injury replacement player in January 2015, filling a void in the centre of defence left by the injury Sasa Ognenovski.
The Senegalese international quickly established himself as a commanding presence in the backline as he helped guide the club to the 2015 Hyundai A-League Grand Final in Melbourne.
Faty would extend his stay with the Sky Blues for the 2015/16 season, featuring 20 times and endearing himself to the club’s faithful with a goal in a 2-1 #SydneyDerby win.
Following a disappointing season for the club, Faty moved to the Central Coast Mariners for the 2016/17 season, before calling an end to his career in 2017.
Hear from Jacques Faty:
“I’m now in Turkey, in Istanbul, and I’ve opened my football academy here. It’s a PSG academy and I’m the coach and I try to raise the kids to one day become professional.
“The majority of players are Turkish that I coach, but there are a lot of players from Iran, Africa, there is a good mix here and if I can bring one future Kylian Mbappe I am happy.
“It is my duty to give back to what I received [as a child].”