UiTM wrap up foreign signings with Ataya

SHAH ALAM: Lebanese international Rabih Ataya has been confirmed as Premier League side UiTM’s final signing. He joins their three other foreign players Ousmane Fane, Victor Nirennold, and Gustavo Almeida Dos Santos to prepare for the start of the season on Feb 28.

UiTM manager Mustaza Ahmad said Ataya is a right-winger who last played for AFC Cup champions Al-Ahed. Ataya is known for his dribbling and technical qualities, having made 12 appearances for the Lebanese club. He also scored once.

Fane is a 26-year-old French midfielder who last played for English League One club Shrewsbury Town.

The 1.93m tall midfielder made his name with Oldham Athletic but suffered a severe injury in 2018. He joined Shrewsbury after his recovery in 2019.

The other Frenchman Nirennold, meanwhile, plays at both centreback and rightback.

The lanky 1.93m tall player last played for Vietnamese club Da Nang where he made 23 appearances, scoring two goals.He is a youth product of Stade Rennaisand has played for top Slovakian club Senica in 2018.

UiTM’s strikeforce will be led by 23-year-old Dos Santos, who last played in the Bahia state league in Brazil.

He also played for Vietnamese football club Nam Dinh but left halfway as he could only manage two goals in 13 matches.

Mustaza said these were the only foreign players he would acquire before the start of the season. UiTM’s start their 2020 season against Melaka on Feb 29 at the UiTM Stadium in Shah Alam.

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