Ex-Chelsea star Salomon Kalou, 36, joins Djibouti champs Arta Solar 7 and will link up with old Arsenal rival Alex Song | The SunJune 14, 2022
FORMER Chelsea striker has joined ambitious Djibouti champs AS Arta Solar 7 in a vintage link-up with ex-Arsenal rival Alex Song.
Ivory Coast hero Kalou, 36, and Gunners' cult star Song, 37, aim to help Arta to glory in the African equivalent of the Champions League.
The duo team up with a rich array of internationals, including one-time Cameroon keeper Idriss Carlos Kameni, Indomitable Lion defender Dany Nounkeu, Senegal frontman Diafra Sakho and Burkina Faso attacker Alain Traore.
But it's Kalou coming together with Song that will capture the imagination of African football fans.
Arta are keen to become one of the major names in football's fastest- emerging continent.
And Kalou has signed a short-term deal after spells with Lille and Hertha BC.
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He became a free agent after his contract with Brazilian's Botafogo expired in April this year.
Arta landed the Djiboutian double in 2021-22 of League and Cup.
The East African club are determined to strengthen their squad with bigger names.
Their main goal is to make a major impact in the Caf Champions League next season.
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They fell to Kenyan top-flight side Tusker FC in the first qualifying round of this season's tournament.
And Kalou has been brought in specifically to shine in the Caf event.
Along with ex-Barcelona midfielder Song, he's the biggest name in the club's history.
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