Yo-yo club Ittihad Kalba have made flying Hungary winger Balazs Dzsudzsak the most high-profile signing in their history.
Dzsudzsak, 31, had been without a team since Arabian Gulf League runners-up Al Wahda declined to renew his expired contract at the end of 2017/18. Links to the likes of Glasgow Rangers, Fortuna Sittard and Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club then came to naught.
This provided an opportunity for Kalba to swoop in unannounced on Wednesday and complete the restructuring of their four-player foreign quota in eye-catching fashion.
“Balazs Dzsudzsak was contracted to support the first team,” said chairman Ali Hussain Al Logani. “This is a gift to our dear public.”
Dzsudzsak scored 15 times in 54 run-outs for the Clarets. He was bought from Turkey’s Bursaspor in August 2016.
His previous clubs include Dynamo Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia, PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Debrecen in his homeland.
A total of 21 goals have been notched in 95 caps for Hungary.
His addition continues the recent churn at the promoted Tigers – who have alternated between the top-two divisions since they went up in 2009/10.
@balazsdzsudzsak7 welcome to Ittihad kalba 👏🏻👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/HBEKccaM9Q— نادي إتحاد كلباء (@ittihadkalbafc) September 19, 2018
They have already sacked coach Jorvan Vieira and brought back ex-AC Milan midfielder Fabio Viviani for a second stint at the helm. This followed August 31’s opening 6-2 thrashing by Al Wahda in the top flight.
Croatia forward Antonio Perosevic’s poor early impression, Nigeria midfielder Raheem Lawal’s broken ankle and issues registering Tigres UANL anchorman Alan Santos mean they have been dropped. Romanian playmaker Florentin Matei is the only original summer addition to the four-player foreign quota who has been retained.
MTK Budapest’s Brazilian striker Myke Ramos and Carabobo FC centre forward Tommy Tobar were both drafted in earlier this month.
Kalba ignited their season with last Friday’s 2-0 triumph against fellow expected strugglers Emirates Club. They could now have Dzsudzsak within their ranks when they travel to pointless Al Dhafra on Friday evening.
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