Arabian Gulf League club Al Ain make a raft of signings


Arabian Gulf League club Al Ain make a raft of signings
Togolese international Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba (right) with Mohammed Obaid Hammad, Member of the Board of Directors at Al Ain. - Al Ain Twitter

Dubai - 'The Boss' acquire four new players to add to Caio Canedo and coach Ivan Leko's arrivals

By James Jose

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Published: Thu 13 Jun 2019, 9:06 PM

Last updated: Thu 13 Jun 2019, 11:12 PM

Record Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ain have made a raft of signings in the hope that they return to where they belong - right at the top.
After acquiring the services of Brazilian playmaker Caio Canedo, on a free transfer from rivals Al Wasl, as well as installing a new manager in Croatian Ivan Leko, 'The Boss' have bolstered their squad by signing four players.
The garden city club have Togolese international Kodjo Fo-Doh Laba, Algerian midfielder Abderrahmane Meziane as well as playmaker Mohammed Jamal and Mohammed Helal.
Their arrivals were announced by the club on their official twitter handle and their official website.
Laba, who has made 24 appearances for Togo and featured in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations, joins from Moroccan club RS Berkane on a free transfer. He joins on a three-year deal.
The 27-year-old, had reportedly evoked interest from Egyptian clubs Al Ahly and Zamalek following his exploits in the CAF Confederation Cup. Laba ended up as the top scorer with eight goals as RS Berkane finished runners-up to Zamalek.
He also scored 18 goals and had one assist in 18 appearances in the Botola Pro, Morocco's professional league. But Al Ain beat the Egyptian heavyweights to his signature.
Meanwhile, the 25-year-old Meziane joins from Algerian side USM Alger, with whom he made 92 appearances. He scored 19 goals and had 16 assists. Meziane was handed a four-year contract.
Al Ain, 13-time winners of the League, have also brought in fresh Emirati talent in Jamal and Helal. The 25-year-old Jamal arrives from Abu Dhabi rivals Al Jazira on a five-year deal, while Helal makes the switch from Ajman, with a four-year deal in hand.
Al Ain endured a tough season where they finished without silverware. They finished fourth in the League.

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