Rivaldo who was until last month a Sao Paulo player will become the first international star player to ever play in an African league. The 39 year old play maker has won a host of personal and collective honours since turning pro in 1991.
Speaking about it on Twitter, Rivaldo neither denied nor confirmed the allegations only maintaining that negotiations were ongoing.
“I saw it came out in the media that I have signed with a team of Angola – we are actually negotiating.
“And right now I’m going to travel there to talk and see if we reach an agreement, if so I will be happy in this new challenge.”
Kabuscorp President Bento Kangamba was quoted by Portuguese media A Bola as saying that a deal could be completed by today.
“Every club in Angola is strengthening, we could not fall behind,” Kangamba said. “The opportunity for us to sign Rivaldo came up and we are committed to making this happen.
“People talk about his age a lot, but a player with his quality and experience still has a lot to give to football, and hopefully Angola.”
This would definitely be the biggest signing ever by any African club and the fan fare expected to be generated in Angola and the continent at large would be enromous.
Frankly speaking, Rivaldo’s age does not matter. He could be 45 and still create a massive positive endorsement for the African game. Of course Angola and Africa have more to gain than Rivaldo, however, after winning it all; the world cup, the world and European player of the year award, the champions league and a host of other achievements, Rivaldo has nothing to lose.
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