in the East, something new for many African players

Many African players, such as Congolese Cédric Bakambu, Malian Diadie Samassekou, Nigerian Peter Etebo, Cameroonian Nicolas Ngamaleu or Guinean Momo Yansane, have benefited from a summer transfer market that ends later in leagues located in Eastern or Southern Europe (Greece), Turkey , Russia, etc.) as well as the Persian Gulf (Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, etc.) to find a new club.

In the major European football leagues (Germany, England, Spain, France, Italy, Portugal, Netherlands, etc.), the summer transfer market ended two weeks ago. But in other leagues further east or south of the continent, the transfer window is just about to end or about to. This is also the case for countries such as Qatar or Saudi Arabia (closing on September 16, 2022). So many options or exit doors for many African players.

In Greece, the doors thus closed on 15 September at 23.59. Congolese Cédric Bakambu, released from his contract by Olympique de Marseille, and Malian Diadie Samassekou, on loan from Hoffenhein (Germany), rushed into it by signing for Olympiakos Piraeus. The Nigerian Peter Etebo is also leaving Stoke City (England) for a loan to Aris Salonika. The Hellenic Super League, a destination also for the Algerian Mehdi Zerkane, who left Bordeaux (France) for OFI Crete.

Some, on the other hand, have decided to leave Greece, like Cameroonian Kevin Soni, who left Asteras Tripoli for Hatayspor in Turkey, a team that has also welcomed Ghanaian Christian Atsu and Cape Verdean Zé Luis. Egyptian Ahmed Hassan Mahgoub took an almost identical path to Kevin Sonis, from Olympiakos Piraeus to Alanyaspor. The Süper Lig therefore still appeals to the continent’s safe values. Thus the Congolese Christian Luyindama moved from Galatasaray to Antalyaspor.

Russia still attracts Despite the war in Ukraine and the countless sanctions against Russia, its championship remains visibly attractive enough. Some went there before September 8, like Cameroonian Nicolas Moumi Ngamaleu. Guinean Momo Yansané, who has already played in Belarus and Russia, is back in the Premier League with Pari NN, after a good break with Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova.

There is also Romania, where the Senegalese Ibrahima Mbaye will continue his career, on the side of CFR Cluj. A club which had also recruited the Cameroonian Jean-Claude Billong. Bulgaria seduced Nigerian Abdullahi Shehu (Levki Sofia) and Malagasy Thomas Fontaine (Beroe), without clubs.

Also the Persian Gulf Outside Europe, the countries in the Persian Gulf also offer opportunities. Without a club, the Senegalese Opa Nguette thus came back to the United Arab Emirates, with FC Baniyas.

Saudi Arabia also served as a way out for Algerian Ryad Boudebouz after his experience in Saint-Etienne, France ended. He went to Al Ahli, while the Ivorian Cheick Comara left Wydad (Morocco) for Al Arabi.

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