Alexandre Song has been officially unveiled as AS Arta Solar 7’s newest player on Thursday morning, after signing for the club in the Djibouti Premier League.
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.
“This is the eighth club that this Franco-Cameroonian midfielder has played for since the start of his career. He is here for the president of AS Arta Solar 7, Timoro Nickoss Tommy to not only make this team the flagship club of the Republic of Djibouti, but also to raise, in general, the level of the nation’s football.
“To improve the playing techniques of AS Arta Solar 7 so that this young team becomes invincible in international football tournaments, is one of the objectives of the president of this Djiboutian club, Tayoro Nickoss Tommy.
“To achieve this, he’s hired Alexandre Song, a footballer who has played at a very high level in major European teams, to the heart of this team.
“In any case, Alexander Song represents real added value for this Djiboutian club, because with him, AS Arta Solar 7 has a bright future ahead of it.”
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.