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Another former EPL player joins Sabah
Published on: Thursday, December 04, 2014

KOTA KINABALU: Sabah have pulled off another major coup with the signing of central defender Abdoulaye Diagne-Faye from Senegal as their fourth import in the team for the 2015 Premier League season.

Team Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Datuk Seri TC Goh caught the fans by surprise by announcing the capture of the former English Premier League player at the Kota Kinabalu International Airport (KKIA) on Wednesday where he welcomed the player together with team manager George O'Callaghan, assistant team manager Rahman Zakaria and assistant coach Liam Kearney.

"As a CEO of the team, I can confirm to you that this is my final decision to sign this player, Abdoulaye, who is the international teammate of (El Hadji) Diouf .

"We feel that he can be a better defender for us because based on our strategy we need somebody who can give full confidence to our defensive department.

"As a matter of fact we need our team to score but at the same time we also need to prevent our opponents from score against us therefore we decided to make this decision for the good of the team.


"Abdoulaye will replace Tales Santos and I am not here to say Santos is not good. He is fully recommended by George (O'Callaghan) but in view of some technical problems on terms and conditions, we have resolved the issues with the signing of Abdoulaye and he (Santos) will return to his old club and he can always join us later on."

Goh also said that the Senegalese will join the team for the trip to China on Saturday. "We will try to arrange an emergency visa for him and he should be joining the team by Saturday."

The 36-year-old last played for Hull City from 2012-2014 season and had made 34 appearances and scored four goals.

He also had stints with Bolton Wanderers, Newcastle United, Stoke City and West Ham United in previous season and he had been capped by his country 35 times and netted two goals.

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