“A new challenge awaits me in Djibouti. I hope to make my small contribution to the influence of the Djibouti championship and to an excellent course of AS ARTA / SOLAR 7 in the African countryside. Thank you to the managers, to my teammates and to all the fans of ARTA / SOLAR 7 for the welcome and the opportunity to live my passion and continue to have fun on a football field! ” A few days ago, Alain Traoré (32) announced his arrival at AS Arta Solar 7, Djibouti’s flagship club.
A new adventure for the Burkinabé midfielder, revealed by AJ Auxerre and passed through Brest, Monaco, Lorient or Berkane in Morocco, who joins an ambitious team. For several months, other big names in African football have in fact agreed to take over the management of Djibouti. The Stallion will thus find Cameroonians Idriss Kameni (37 years old, ex-Espanyol, Malaga, Fenerbahçe), Alexandre Song (34 years old, ex-Arsenal, FC Barcelona) and Dany Nounkeu (35 years old, ex-Toulouse, Galatasaray) but also Senegalese Diafra Sakho (31, ex-Metz, West Ham, Rennes).
Tommy Tayoro Nyckoss, the businessman behind the project
And if these big names have agreed to set sail for this country in the Horn of Africa, it is not to enjoy a golden retirement. They are on a mission, as Tommy Tayoro Nyckoss, a renowned Franco-Ivorian entrepreneur who has made his fortune in various sectors (aviation, catering, solar energy, training), club boss since 2018, explains on the official website. “AS Arta Solar 7 is above all a state of mind and a union of the various stakeholders for a common goal. Our goal is to promote the practice of football among many young people, in fact the management of the club works every day to install this state of mind and convey common sporting values. For this, AS Arta Solar 7 provides all its members with an environment and conditions so that they can live a rewarding experience and reach their full potential ”, he explains before insisting.
“We are determined to establish ourselves as a stronghold on the national and regional level by ensuring optimal development of the team, staff and management to, in the medium term, try to win trophies in Africa”. With Championship-Cup doubles in 2019, 2020 and 2021, the team founded in 1980 has achieved its national objectives, now aiming for qualification in the group stage of the African Champions League and in the Arab Club Cup. champions as major objectives. “The Arta Solar 7 is an ambitious team, thirsty for competition and progress. We believe in this project and in the vision of the president who wishes to develop the full potential of the club until it becomes one of the best in East Africa ”, Song pointed out.
Spotlight and boost for the selection
The former Bastia, Arsenal and Barça, star of the team, appreciates this new experience far from the splendor known before. The joy of transmitting and advancing a generation of young local players, training being one of the club’s other workhorses, and of arousing, why not, vocations. “We would like to thank all of the Arta Solar 7 management for their trust. We will honor our supporters by continuing to offer our best game, in order to win victories and arouse vocations among the youngest ”, slipped Nounkeu and Sakho in chorus last June at a press conference.
In the wake of this locomotive, Djibouti is playing the qualifying phase for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, in Group A, with Algeria, Burkina Faso and Niger. If the selection is good last after two days (it suffered a correction from the Fennecs 8-0), it no longer knew this level of competition since the qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, a sign of the progress made . Talent provider AS Arta Solar 7 is hoping to continue to pull local football behind it. With the help of African stars of the round ball no doubt. His next mercatos will undoubtedly be one to watch.