x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 20 July 2017

Al Wahda sign Marcelinho from relegated Sharjah after injury crisis

The experienced Brazilian joins the Abu Dhabi side as they look for options following a injury to Eric Mouloungui.

Marcelo Oliveira, seen here in the Sharjah shirt, will represent Al Wahda from this season. Pawan Singh / The National
Marcelo Oliveira, seen here in the Sharjah shirt, will represent Al Wahda from this season. Pawan Singh / The National

ABU DHABI // Al Wahda have reinforced their attack options ahead of the start of the new Pro League season by bringing in the experienced Brazilian Marcelo Oliveira after injury ruled out Eric Mouloungui for two months.

A deal sign the 27-year-old from Sharjah, who are preparing for life in Division One after losing out in the promotion play-offs last Friday, is set to be completed tomorrow. Khaled Awadh, the deputy chief executive of the club, today said: "He will sign for two years after completing the medical."

The striker, often known as "Marcelinho", could make his debut on Sunday against Al Wasl in the opening league game of the season, and Awadh is confident that he will be a valuable asset for Wahda.

"He has a lot of experience playing for Sharjah and will also be a fit player as he comes straight after the three play-off games," he said.

"Eric will be out for at least another eight weeks so he would possibly miss the first half of the season but he will still be available for us, should we need a change during the midseason transfer window."

Mouloungui, the Gabon international who joined Wahda on a two-year contract, was the club's first foreign signing for the new season after they decided not to renew the contracts of the Brazilians Fernando Baiano, Magrao and Hugo.

The acquisition of Oliveira completes Wahda's foreign quartet. The others are Papa Waigo, the Senegalese international; Srdan Andric of Croatia, and Anas Bani Yaseen, the Jordanian.

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