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Senegalese international Jacques Faty has joined the Sky Blues as injury cover for Sasa Ognenovski.

Sydney FC have signed Senegalese defender Jacques Faty until the end of the A-League season.

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he 30-year-old replaces injured star Sasa Ognenovski and will play alongside cousin and fellow recruit Mickael Tavares.

Faty joins the Sky Blues from Chinese Super League side Wuhan Zall.

He previously spent nine years in Ligue 1 with Marseille, Rennes and Sochaux before embarking upon a two year sojourn with Turkish SuperLig side Sivasspor.

“I feel very happy to join this famous team because I’ve heard a lot of good things about Sydney FC,” he said.

“I know Del Piero did well in his time there and I know some French players who play in the A-League, Matthieu Delpierre and Fahid Ben Khalfallah, who have told me what a big club they are and how good the league is.”

Faty said it would an “honour” to play alongside Tavares at the A-League club.

“It will be an honour to play for Sydney FC and also to join at the same time as my cousin, Mickael Tavares,” Faty said.

“Our mothers are sisters and it will be a double motivation to play well for the team and for each other.

“We used to play together as children and also for Senegal together and now this is another great challenge for us.”

Faty captained the French under 17 side to World Cup glory in 2001 and says his experience will be key.

“I’ve played nine years in the top league in France and two years in Turkey. I won the World Cup with the French national under 17’s playing against the likes of Torres, Tevez and Robinho so I have some experience I can bring to the team,” Faty said.

“My best position is central defender, I’m quite quick and I like anticipating and reading the game. I also like to break the lines with my passing.”

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