ABU DHABI // Dzemal Hadziabdic, the Al Dhafra coach, has said that he scouted the club's latest foreign signing on YouTube.
Pape Pate Diouf, the Senegalese forward, has joined Abu Dhabi club on a one-year deal from Danish side Copenhagen for an undisclosed sum.
"I did some research on the player," Hadziabdich, the Bosnian manager, said. "He has a good record where he has been playing. I watched some of his action on YouTube and I was pretty satisfied.
"He is the type of player we need to complement with the two foreigners we have. We want someone who can play on both, the left and right flanks and link up with Makhete [Diop] in the attack. For me, he fits in to the team as a useful player."
The 26 year old completed his medical yesterday and will team up with compatriot Diop and Pinga, the Brazilian midfielder.
The striker arrived at Dhafra on Friday in time to watch his new team emerge 2-0 winners over Al Seeb of Oman om the opening night of the four-team friendly tournament at the Hamdan bin Zayed stadium in Madinat Zayed, where they team play their home games.
Dhafra are bidding for a place in the Pro League, for which they have to qualify through a four-team play-off that includes Sharjah, Emirates and Al Shaab, starting from September 4.
Elsewhere, Al Shabab have signed Ajman striker Abdullah Jamahi but denied rumours of an approach for Al Jazira veteran Subait Khater. "We respect Khater a lot and appreciate his history with the clubs he has played for," said Saeed Al Marri, the Shabab chief executive. "But he is certainly not in our plans."
Dubai, meanwhile, have completed their foreign quartet for next season with the signing of Alhassane Keita.
The Guinea striker, who started last season with Emirates before being left out of the team in January, joins Brazilian Magrao, Australian Richard Porta and Frenchman Simon Feindouno.