By Full Contact News and Views
The transfer, for an undisclosed fee, sees the 22 year old Souleymane put pen to paper on a contract until the summer of 2019. The Ivorian, who has earned regular plaudits for a stunning collection of goals since he joined the Scottish Premier League last summer, was regularly scouted by Al Ahly in these last few months – and after a series of rejected transfer bids throughout January, Kilmarnock agreed terms with them last weekend prompting Souleymane and our Lee Payne and Dan Chapman to travel to Cairo to hold talks.
Lee Payne, pictured above with Souley and Al Ahly representatives, explained “There had been a lot of speculation leading in to January that both Al Ahly and Zamalek – another Egyptian club – were monitoring Souley. Their interest in the player went as far back as 2011 when he burst on to the scene in the Under 17 World Cup, and a talented young African player was always one they wanted – but he was snapped up by Tottenham. When they saw a few years later Souley was now flourishing at Kilmarnock at senior level – not to mention scoring spectacular goals again as he did back in that World Cup – their interest was resurrected. That said, until we were notified by Kilmarnock that they had accepted an offer from Al Ahly it was not something we thought about too much – but we flew out for talks and the club impressed us and Souley with their determination to sign him, and the way in which they wanted to play him. Souley is a central striker with a natural flair for scoring goals and, as he develops and a side plays to his strengths, we believe he could go on to do special things in the game. He has ambitions to play for the senior Ivory Coast side and this move will give him the platform to do just that.”
An international transfer of this nature, in the January window with Al Ahly themselves up against a registration deadline in order for Souley to be eligible for the Africans Champions League, is fraught with complexity. Dan Chapman, who led on the legal aspects of the transfer, commented “We arrived in Cairo on Sunday to hold talks, which took place over the next 48 hours. There was an awful lot to agree and a huge volume of documentation to draft, but once it became clear that Souley wanted to make the move everybody worked tirelessly to make it happen. I would like to thank the Kilmarnock and Al Ahly officials for working under real pressure and for us, whilst it was a very challenging transaction to co-ordinate, it has ended up one that all parties seem very pleased with. For Souley, Al Ahly is a huge club for him to join; they are the most successful club in African history and, in terms of international titles, joint-second with Barcelona behind Real Madrid only. With an estimated fan base of some 50 million, once we saw the magnitude of this club it was breathtaking.”
All at Full Contact with Souleymane the very best as he begins this exciting new stage of his career.
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