SINAN RAJUB SENOGA
Djibouti club AS Arta Solar 7 finally unveiled former Arsenal and Barcelona midfielder Alexandre Song who signed a two-year contract.
Song was a free agent since March this year when his contract with FC Sion in Switzerland was terminated for refusing a pay cut during the pandemic.
The 33-year-old former Cameroon skipper is now a teammate of Ugandan goalkeeper Sulait Luyima who is the club’s first-choice custodian.
Luyima is a former SC Villa and URA FC goalkeeper who left Uganda for Somalia in 2016. He turned out for Somalia’s Elman SC before moving to Djibouti’s AS Ports in the 2017/18 season.
He was part of the AS Ports squad that featured in the 2018 and 2019 CECAFA Club Cup in Tanzania and Rwanda respectively.
Luyima joined Arta Solar 7 and won last season’s Djibouti Cup as well as the Djibouti Super Cup last month.
Association Sportive d’Arta is also known as AS Arta Solar 7 after a Djibouti-based solar power company Solar 7 for sponsorship reasons.
The team is coached by Moussa Mara and will represent the country in the CAF Confederation Cup.
AS Arta Solar 7 will face Egypt’s Arab Contractors in the CAF preliminary round where the aggregate winner will play against Tunisian giants Etoile du Sahel.