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Al Ahli sign Brazil's 'Jaja' in second foreigner slot

Only a medical now stands between Al Ahli club and their second summer signing

  • By Ashley Hammond, Staff Reporter
  • Published: 00:00 June 24, 2011
  • Gulf News

‘Jaja’ Jackson Avelinho Coelho
  • Image Credit: AFP
  • ‘Jaja’ Jackson Avelinho Coelho.

Dubai: Only a medical now stands between Al Ahli club and their second summer signing — a Brazilian striker named "Jaja" Jakson Avelinho Coelho from Turkey's Trabzonspor, according to the Arabic daily Al Bayan.

Jaja, 25, will join fellow attacking countryman Grafite up front from next season provided a medical exam in London goes to plan.

The striker is due to land in Dubai on July 5 having agreed terms for a three-year contract.

Having started his career at Dutch club Feyenoord in 2004, Jaja had a loan spell at Belgium's Westerlo before moving to Spain's Getafe in 2006.

He went on loan to Flamengo (Brazil), Racing Genk (Belgium) and Westerlo again until 2008 when he joined Ukraine's Metalist Kharkiv.

Since 2010 Jaja has been with Turkey's Trabzonspor, where he scored 12 in 29 appearances last season, taking the team to second in the league.

The combination of both Jaja and 32-year-old Grafite (who scored 75 in 130 appearances at Wolfsburg) up front, will add spice to an Al Ahli side severely lacking in firepower.

Eighth-placed Al Ahli scored just 30 goals last season, second only to bottom of the league Al Dhafra (27).

Cannavaro to go

With two of Al Ahli's three-foreign-player allowance now seemingly complete, question marks surround the fate of both last season's top-scorer (with 11) mid-fielder Andre Luciano da Silva ‘Pinga' and star-signing-turned-expensive-flop defender Fabio Cannavaro.

Loan-midfielder Karim Al Ahmadi has meanwhile returned to Feyenoord stating a distinct lack of competition at the club, while flop striker Aristide Bance remains out in the cold on loan at Qatar's Umm Salal.

Czech Rep FA president Ivan Hasek, the man who led Al Ahli to their 2009 league triumph, will also rejoin the squad as coach on July 7 to begin duties. His immediate task will be to call time on Cannavaro's playing career, a fact that will be already confirmed by the club with just one more foreign signing.

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