Former Barcelona star Alex Song has had some ups and downs in recent years and is now moving to Djibouti to play football again.
Djibouti has never played in a World Cup or African Cup of Nations, or a major official tournament. They are the fourth-worst team in the world according to the FIFA rankings.
But recently, something interesting has happened, and a Djibouti club team has hired the former Barcelona star. Alex Song has joined a local team called Arta/Solar7.
“It’s an opportunity to promote local football,” said Song
Arta/Solar7 has done well in the local league in recent years and has won the league four times since 1988. However, the joining of Alex Song to this team is a very important event for the whole country.
Alex Song had a good time at Arsenal, and this brilliant performance finally brought him Barcelona's offer.
“We decided on signing a midfielder due to the departure of Seydou Keita, and Song was first on our list of priorities,” Barca’s then-sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said during Song’s presentation. “He has technical ability, ball control, tactical knowledge and physical strength.”
However, the Cameroonian did not have a good time at Barcelona and spent the final two years on loan at West Ham. After leaving Barcelona, he joined the Russian team Rubin Kazan. A period that went very badly for him.
“Zubizarreta told me that I wasn’t going to play much,” Song later remarked. “I told him I didn’t care. I knew that I was going to be a millionaire – I thought about my wife and my children, and that it was necessary to have a comfortable life after football.”
His time in Russia was tough. “I always ate alone in the clubhouse by myself,” he told The Telegraph. “I was going crazy. When I signed they told me they would give me a house, but then months went by and I still didn’t have it. In the end they took me out of the hotel and I lived in their sporting complex.
Now that he is back in Africa, Sang hopes to return to his good old days. He is only 33 years old and can enjoy football for a few more years.