Ballou’s Back! Atlético Ottawa Unveils Sensational Return of Electric Winger Tabla

In a Soccerlude 2024 kickoff that sent ripples of excitement through the Ottawa soccer world, Atlético has pulled off a major coup with the return of the prodigious Canadian forward, Ballou Tabla. The winger, previously a linchpin in Atlético Ottawa’s 2022 Regular Season Championship campaign, has signed a three-year contract from Turkish side Manisa FK.

Tabla’s scintillating performances in the 2022 Canadian Premier League season left a defining mark, as he ended the season with the second-highest goal-scorer (7 goals) and the assist leader (4) for Ottawa. The winger’s exploits earned him nominations for Players’ Player of the Year and Player of the Year, thrilling the hearts of thousands of fans at TD Place.

“We’re delighted to announce the return of Ballou Tabla to Atlético Ottawa,” said Fernando Lopez, CEO of Atlético Ottawa. “He’s the type of player who’s worth the admission fee alone, showcasing his talent during our title-winning run in 2022. Ballou epitomizes Atlético’s ambition and the top-tier talent we strive to attract. He has a special bond with our supporters, and we expect them to be on the edge of their seats with Ballou back in Ottawa.”

A product of the Montreal Impact Academy, Tabla has played his soccer in the MLS twice, either side of a stint with Barcelona B, before taking the CPL by storm. The 24-year-old forward’s return to Ottawa follows a stint with Manisa FK in Turkey, a side he joined in one of the biggest transfers in CPL history. Tabla quickly acclimated, with three goals and two assists in fourteen appearances.

Having made the switch back to Canada, Tabla expressed his unwavering commitment to Atlético, stating, “I had options, but Ottawa was my first choice. It was the only choice in my head.”

Carlos González, Head Coach of Atlético Ottawa, welcomed Tabla’s return, emphasizing his offensive potential, versatility, and winning mentality. “With the incorporation of Ballou in this roster, we increase our team’s offensive potential. His versatility, experience, and winning mentality not only contribute to our pursuit of ambitious goals but also give us an added responsibility to continue making him grow in his sporting career.”

Tabla added: “On a personal level, I had a fantastic season [in 2022] but I have so many great memories here, with the club, the staff and the fans. My family is close by in Montréal. Overall, there wasn’t a better choice for me. It is a decision based on love and affection and I didn’t hesitate for a second when the opportunity revealed itself.”

As Atlético Ottawa prepares for another chapter in its success story, the return of Ballou Tabla adds a layer of excitement, promising fans a thrilling season ahead. For those eager to be part of the Atleti Family, Season Seat Memberships are available at