Heads were turned when a little known Djiboutian club Arta solar 7 FC announced that they had acquired the services of Ex-Arsenal and FC Barcelona star Alex Song.
Before that move, few thought the former Cameroonian international will end his career in Africa. Arta solar 7 would be the last place one would expect the decorated midfielder to spend his sunset footballing year.
Arta Solar 7 FC was founded in 1980 and was formerly called AS Chemin de Fer Djibouto-Éthiopiens. The club has had its fair share of successes with six cups and four Djibouti championships to its name during its existence.
The club however has a vision to not only be a regional juggernaut but also an African footballing powerhouse in the recent future.
The dream is well alive after the club received a major financial boost in 2018. Energy Company Solar 7 came in as their main sponsors and has since seen its fortunes change for the better. The sponsorship deal has seen Arta Solar 7 strategize to establish both national and international domination.
While the latter looks like a dream from afar the former isn’t. They bagged the Djibouti premier league much to their captain’s excitement. He said “It was a big challenge that became a motivation to helping African football grow. Some of my former mates couldn’t understand my choice for chosen Djibouti but African football needs us to build an image for the continent”
With resources available, their star is considered to shine brighter with the help of their multimillionaire club president. They developed an expansionary strategy focusing solely on recruiting the best African players and developing a world class training facility
True to their word, their shopping spree for the best talented Africans led them to Senegal’s Diafra Sakho. The 31-year-old penned a deal with the reigning league champions to join the likes of Idriss Kameni, Song and Dany Nounkeu who have all plied their trade in Europe’s best leagues.
Winning the league automatically guarantees them a spot in the illustrious CAF Champions league where the true test lies. They will be hoping the ghosts of last season won’t haunt them after showcasing a dismal performance that saw them lose 10-1 in the preliminary round of the CAF second-tier competition.
With the rich experience of their newly acquired African superstars, they hope that in their Sunset years or looking to revive their career, most players will make a name for themselves.
What remains certain however is that Arta Solar 7 will always be linked with more African stars as they strive to achieve African glory.