Al Nasr sign striker Rosa from Hatta

Al Nasr sign striker Rosa from Hatta
Brazilian striker Samuel Rosa (right) has been signed on a three-year contract by Al Nasr. - KT file

By James Jose

Published: Fri 25 May 2018, 9:25 PM

Last updated: Fri 25 May 2018, 11:29 PM

Al Nasr have bolstered their squad ahead of the new season by signing striker Samuel Rosa, the club announced on Friday.
The Blues signed Rosa on a three-year contract with the Brazilian joining from relegated club Hatta. "Al Nasr Football Company officially announce the hiring of Brazilian player Samuel Rosa for three years," the club said on social media.
The 27-year-old Rosa had initially joined Hatta on loan from Brazilian club Fluminense in the 2016-17 season. He spent two seasons with Hatta during which he made 44 appearances, scored 21 goals and had seven assists.
Rosa made 23 appearances during his first season with Hatta and had 10 goals and five assists. The recently concluded season saw Rosa score 11 goals and make two assists. But Rosa, who had loan spells with Los Angeles Galaxy and Brazilian clubs Golas, Sport and Ferroviaria, could not help Hatta stay in the UAE top flight.
Hatta were involved in a relegation play-off with Fujairah, which they lost 3-1 on aggregate. Hatta had suffered a 2-1 defeat in the first leg before losing by a solitary goal in the second leg.
Al Nasr, coached by Ivan Jovanovic, will look for improvements after finishing fourth in the Arabian Gulf League in the just concluded season.
Meanwhile, promoted club Fujairah have been quite busy in the transfer market by making a flurry of signings over the course of the week. The Wolves, who beat Hatta over a two-legged play-off to qualify for the Arabian Gulf League, have signed four players so far.
Fujairah began their summer acquisitions by making a swoop for attacking midfielder Fernando Gabriel, from Hatta. The 30-year-old Brazilian made 16 appearances for Hatta during which he scored nine goals and had four assists.
Fujairah have also reinforced their last line of defence by hiring shot stopper Abdullah Mohammed Ismail. Ismail joins Fujairah after six seasons with Al Nasr during which he made 17 appearances. He kept four clean sheets during that time.
Fujairah's third signing was Khalifa Abdullah from Ajman, The midfielder previously played for Al Wasl and Al Shabab. They have also signed Olympic team player Abdullah Alnobi and have renewed defender Ahmed Alhefeit's contract.

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