Transfer window: Ivorian Star Salomon Kalou Moves to Djibouti

Former Cote d’Ivoire international forward Salomon Kalou has completed a transfer to Djiboutian champions AS Arta Solar 7 on a short-term contract.

The 36-year-old is joining a host of former African stars at the club who are ambitious about writing their name in the history of African football by competing in CAF inter-club competitions.

Kalou will now be teammates to ex-Cameroon goalkeeper Idriss Carlos Kameni, Alexandre Song Billong, Dany Nounkeu, Diafra Sakho and Alain Traoré.

AS Arta Solar 7 completed a double at the end of the 2021-22 having clinched the Djiboutian League and Djiboutian Cup titles.

Kalou who is junior brother to former Cote d’Ivoire player Bonaventure Kalou started his career at ASEC Mimosas before joining Dutch side Feyenoord in 2003.

After two seasons in the Dutch top-flight, Kalou signed for English Premier League side Chelsea FC for a fee around £9 million.

He won the Premier League, FA Cup (4 times), League Cup, Community Shield and the UEFA Champions League during his time in England from 2006 to 2012.

Kalou was a member of the Cote d’Ivoire team that won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations in Equatorial Guinea after beating Ghana in a post-match penalty shootouts.

He later joined French Ligue 1 side LOSC Lille and also played for Hertha Berlin in Germany and Brazilian club Botafogo before becoming unattached last year.

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