Friday May 14, 2021
Former Premier League stars Salomon Kalou and Diafra Sakho have become the latest big names to join Djibouti champions AS Arta Solar 7.
Arta/Solar7 are the current Djibouti champions, lifting the league title for the first time in 40 years, and are on their way to complete the double this season.
The club have some African veterans, most notably ex-Arsenal & Barcelona midfielder Alexandre Song, and former Cameroon internationals Dany Nounkeu and Carlos Idriss Kameni.
Despite the trio achieving history for the club in domestic football, it’s continentally where the club has struggled, suffering a humiliating 10-1 aggregate defeat to Egyptian side Arab Contractors in the 2020/21 Confederation Cup preliminary round.
And as they are set to compete in the Champions League next season for the first time in their history, they have decided to recruit two more additional well-known names to their squad.
The first is ex-Senegal striker Diafra Sakho, who has been without a club since departing Swiss club Neuchâtel Xamax back in April 2020.
He also had stints at French clubs FC Metz and US Boulogne, as well as Bursaspor of Turkey, scoring a total of 77 goals in 246 career appearances, including 18 strikes in the Premier League.
On the international level, Sakho has 13 caps with the Senegalese national team, representing his country at the 2018 World Cup.
Joining Sakho in Djibouti is ex-Premier League & Champions League winner Salomon Kalou, who has 97 caps with Ivory Coast, leading them to the 2015 AFCON.
Kalou had a career any player would dream of as he played for six years with European giants Chelsea as well as having stints Feyenoord, Lille, Hertha BSC, and most recently Botafogo, who released him just last April.
Beside winning the Premier League title in 2010 and the Champions League in 2012, Kalou has four FA Cups, one League Cup, and two Super Cups.
Moreover, he represented his country at two World Cups, 2010 and 2014, as well as four AFCONs and the 2008 Olympic games.
Overall, he has 616 career appearances, scoring 189 goals, and will be hoping to net once again in Africa, having represented ASEC Mimosas between 2000 to 2003.