Sow’s be­lat­edly set to get his Turk­ish de­light

Sport360 - - Standard Chartered Dubai Marathon | Football - By Matt Mon­aghan @mattmon­aghan360 ed­i­to­

Shabab Al Ahli Dubai Club record buy Moussa Sow has got his wish about a re­turn to Turkey’s Su­per Lig, reach­ing a “pre­lim­i­nary agree­ment” to join mid-ta­ble Bur­sas­por.

Sow, 31, has cut a mis­er­able fig­ure all term at Rashid Sta­dium since his loan spell could not be ex­tended at Fener­bahce – the club he was bought from by the de­funct Al Ahli for ¤17 mil­lion (Dh70m) in Septem­ber 2015. The Sene­gal for­ward was also cut last week from their fourry player for­eign quota in the wake of just one goal in eight ap­pear­ances in 2017/18.

He now looks set to team up with ex-Al Nasr at­tacker Jires Kembo Ekoko af­ter he trav­elled to Bursa yes­ter­day to com­plete the for­mal­i­ties on a half-sea­son tem­po­rary deal.

“Ex­pe­ri­enced player Moussa Sow came to Bursa to­day af­ter a prin­ci­ple agree­ment was reached,” his new em­ploy­ers tweeted, along with a pic­ture of Sow smil­ing with a club scarf. “Af­ter the health checks are done, Bur­sas­por will sign the con­tract.”

Sow did not set­tle in Dubai, fail­ing to in­te­grate into the Red Knights’ squad dur­ing his only full cam­paign of ser­vice in 2015/16. He ex­its with a re­turn of 21 strikes in 41 run-outs.

The only sil­ver­ware gained was the 2015/16 Ara­bian Gulf League’s ti­tle.

Mean­while, bot­tom-placed Al Dhafra have called time on coach Mo­hammed Kwid’s two-year spell in charge and re­placed him with exHatta supremo Gjoko Hadzievski un­til the end of the cam­paign.

A 1-0 de­feat at fel­low strug­glers Emi­rates Club on Thurs­day sealed the Syr­ian’s fate. This re­sult meant they had not won in the top flight since Septem­ber 21.

Mace­do­nia’s Hadzievski, 62, be­came the first man­age­rial ca­su­alty of 2017/18 when dis­missed by the Tor­nado in Oc­to­ber.

Bursa’s boy: Moussa Sow (r).

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