x Abu Dhabi, UAEFriday 21 July 2017

Sharjah swoop for Paraguay midfielder Diaz

Sharjah FC have boosted their ranks with the signing of a fourth foreign player in the shape of Osvaldo Diaz.

Sharjah FC have boosted their ranks with the signing of a fourth foreign player in the shape of Osvaldo Diaz. The Paraguay international joins the Brazilians Rafael Ramos and Abdoulenho and Iraq's Mustafa Karim in making up the club's foreign contingent for their Pro League campaign as they look to improve on last season's 10th place finish which saw them avoid relegation by only four points.

Diaz is a midfielder who previously had played for the Paraguayan team Gorani before making the move to move to the UAE on a two-year deal. Club chairman Abdel Karim is keen to see an improvement this year, and he said: "It's important for us to get good foreign players but it's also important for us to sign good local players too," he said. "We need to try to improve the standards of our local club players. For this season I want to make the team as strong as possible so we can get back to the top ranks of the league."

Sharjah lost their opening game of the season on Monday 3-2 at Emirate, and were looking to bounce back at home last night against Banni Yas. sports@thenational.ae