Report by Southport FC

Manager Liam Watson has completed his third signing of the summer with the addition of defender Mo Ali.

Mo joins Southport after two seasons in the Vanarama National League North with Curzon Ashton, establishing himself as an accomplished performer at this level.

Born in Zeist, the Netherlands, the 25-year-old has been capped seven times by Somalia, being named man of the match in the nation’s first-ever World Cup qualifying win against Zimbabwe in September.

Mo moved to the UK in 2013, having learned his trade at Alphense Boys, making his first-team debut in the third level of Dutch football at 18, whilst also representing ADO Den Haag.

Ali’s first club in English football was Northwich Victoria, before going on to play for Mossley and Droylsden. A successful two years with Curzon ended by collecting the Supporters’ Player of the Year award earlier this month.

On completing his latest signing, Watson said: “I’m really pleased to add Mo to our squad, he’s a versatile defender who has really come into his own at this level during his time at Curzon.

“For someone who is still young he has got plenty of experience and I’m sure there’s still plenty to come from him as a player. His performances have consistently been assured, he’s got an excellent reading of the game and he will be a big player for us next season.”