West Ham United Women are delighted to announce that Hawa Cissoko has extended her contract with the Club until the summer of 2024.
The France international enjoyed a solid 2021/22 season in Claret and Blue and has put pen-to-paper ahead of what promises to be an exciting 2022/23 campaign.
A mainstay across the backline, Cissoko played 23 times across all competitions last season as West Ham secured a record-high FA Women's Super League finish of sixth, and new manager Paul Konchesky has wasted no time in securing the defender to a new long-term contract.
The 25-year-old's good form saw her deservedly work her way back into the France national team, playing in two matches for her country in 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifying. The defender is also likely to be involved in this summer’s UEFA Women's Euro 2022 finals, which are being held in England.
Cissoko arrived in east London in the summer of 2020 from ASJ Soyaux, and has since racked up 39 appearances during her time with the Hammers - a number that is now set to rise considerably.
“I’ve made big improvements as a player since I joined West Ham United," Cissoko told whufc.com. "I have to thank my coaches, team-mates and fans for their support, I’m so happy here and can’t wait to see what next season holds.
"I think we created something amazing last season with the squad that we had, but football is football, and players move on. We now have to show the new players that will be coming in the West Ham way, and look to improve on what we achieved last season.
“Personally, I want to make improvements across the board next season, everything has to go up a level or two.”
General Manager, Aidan Boxall said: “We are really happy that Hawa has committed the next two years to West Ham United.
“On the pitch she is one of the most aggressive and best 1v1 defenders in the league and has demonstrated she can physically match anybody on her day. We want to support her with her ambition to be a starting centre-back with France.
“Off the pitch she is one of the kindest and warm-hearted people you could ever meet and always has a smile on her face.
“The sacrifices for the team she has made over the last two years haven’t gone unnoticed and her selfless attitude is a huge factor in us wanting her to remain at the Club.
“We hope she stays with us for a long time and helps us achieve our goals on and off the pitch.”
West Ham United would like to congratulate Hawa on signing her new contract and look forward to seeing her perform in Claret and Blue in seasons to come.