Feb 14, 2014, 10:45 AM
Gambia international Ebrima Sohna has completed a move to Kuwaiti side Al-Arabi on a two-and-half-year contract.
The 27-year-old midfielder joined on a free-transfer from Finnish club Kuopion Palloseura, whom he guided to a 9th place finish in last year’s Veikkausliiga, playing 29 of the club’s 33 league matches.
The former FC Vostok, Rovaniemen Palloseura, Sandefjord and Wallidan player landed in Kuwait in the early hours of Thursday morning onboard EgyptAir Flight MSR612 before putting pen to paper in the afternoon.
Sohna, who spoke to Sports Link from his base in Mansuriya, said: “The fans here are going crazy even before I play for the team, the people love football. I am super happy to complete this transfer and I cannot wait to get started!”
Jordanian agent Loay Yaser Al-hmoud, who was influential in the Gambian’s transfer, said: “I and my partner worked hard to strike this deal [between Sohna and Al-Arabi]. I am so happy because I know he is good and a skillful player with good national team experience.”
Al-hmoud meanwhile also confirmed that a deal with a Kuwaiti club was close to being struck for Scorpions’ international Ousman Jallow but the move fell through after failing to agree with the striker’s representatives.
Al-Arabi Sporting Club are a Kuwaiti Club based in Mansuriya that sponsor a number of teams, the most notable of which is the Association Football team in the VIVA Premier League.
They were named Al-Uruba at the beginning of 1953 before changing to Al-Arabi SC in 1960.
They were the first Kuwaiti team to compete in the Asian Champions and have won 57 official trophies next to its name in the Kuwaiti Club Football history (55 domestic and 2 GCC), the most of any Kuwaiti football team.