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ACS Hayabley’s Michael relishing the prospect of facing former Barcelona star Song

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Nigerian center-back looks forward to facing the veteran midfielder as his side locks down with AS Arta Solar 7 on Friday

ACS Hayabley defender Kalu Michael is looking forward to facing AS Arta Solar 7 superstar Alex Song when the two sides meet in Friday’s Premier League clash in Djibouti.

Having been shown the way by Swiss Super League outfit Sion for refusing to take a pay cut following the Covid-19 outbreak, the 33-year-old who has enjoyed a nomadic career across Europe has signed a two-year contract with the Giants of the Stade El Hadj Hassan Gouled.

In addition to his role as a player, the former Cameroonian international should contribute to the development of the young people of the team.

The 20-year-old Nigerian, however, is not disheartened by the prospect of facing the former Barcelona and Arsenal midfielder, whose arrival has added a face to Djibouti’s elite. He reveals that playing against him would be a “huge challenge” as well as a learning curve for his nascent career.

“Play against a top player like [Alex] The song would be a huge challenge and a great learning experience for me, ”said Michael. Goal.

“Every member of my team recognizes that he is world class judging by the number of trophies he has won as well as the pedigree of the club he played for in Europe.

“By its form, I must say that it will be difficult to stop but it is never impossible. Additionally, there are a number of high profile players in AS Arta, but all eyes will definitely be on Song.

“Truth be told, his presence brought the Djibouti Premier League to life as so many people now follow the league, while many footballers are now keen to play in the country.”

Hayabley has been undefeated since the start of the 2020-21 campaign – sitting fourth in the log after racking up nine points after five games – four points adrift of the GR / SIAF leaders.

Additionally, Michael who previously played for Wau Salaam FC (South Sudan) and Jazeera SC (Somalia) says Yahye Omar Gouled’s men are set to fight for the league tiara.

“Teamwork and a thirst for glory are the main reasons we have started this season brilliantly. Although we sometimes make mistakes, we work very hard to correct them, ”he added.

“In football I think anything is possible, and if we continue that as a team, we are in line to be crowned champions.”