Former Brazil star Rivaldo joins Angolan club

14 January 2012 06:46

Former Brazil star and World Footballer of the Year Rivaldo has signed a one-year contract with Angola premier league club Kabuscorp Sport Clube do Palanca.

Club officials confirmed Saturday a deal that will bring Rivaldo, who turns 40 in April, to a Luanda team who finished second behind Recreativo Libolo in the national championship last year.

The 1999 World Footballer of the Year and European Footballer of the Year will inject much needed interest into a league that suffers, like most others in Africa, from an exodus of its best footballers to Europe.

Rivaldo left Brazilian outfit Sao Paulo a month ago after another chapter in a globe-trotting career that had taken him to Spain, Italy, Greece and Uzbekistan before returning home last year.

Attacking midfielder Rivaldo, who said the fact that Brazil and Angola are Portuguese-speaking countries played a big part in his decision, was part of the Brazil 2002 World Cup-winning team and played for Barcelona and AC Milan.

Source: AFP