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Brazilian star Cabore says sayonara to FC Tokyo

Qatar side Al Arabi have signed FC Tokyo striker Cabore on a two-year deal.

The 29-year-old Brazilian, who turned down several offers from the United Arab Emirates to move to Qatar, will join Al Arabi having spent just one season in Japan. He had previously topped the K-League scoring charts in 2007 with Gyeongnam.

Cabore is set to make his Al Arabi debut against Al Siliya on Sunday and continues the recent exodus of players from Japan to the Middle East.

"It's a pleasure to be in Qatar and to join Al Arabi,'' said Cabore. "I had a lot of information about Qatar and the league from my friends and I chose Al Arabi although I had several offers from clubs in UAE.

"I might need some time to adapt because the weather in Qatar is totally different to Japan. This might affect me a little bit but I'm sure I can adapt quickly.''

Cabore follows in the footsteps of compatriots Davi and Leandro, who both left Japan during the current J-League campaign to move to Qatar.

Davi joined Umm Salal from Nagoya Grampus and Leandro left Gamba Osaka for Al Sadd, while Brazilian manager Caio Junior stepped down at Vissel Kobe in June to take over at Qatar League champions Al Gharafa.

Brazilian Bare also left Gamba last season to join Al Ahli in the United Arab Emirates.

"The negotiations with Cabore were not easy,'' said Al Arabi general secretary Nasser Al Hatmi. "However, we finally managed to get him on board and hopefully he will be a good addition for us.

"Cabore was the top scorer of the teams he previously played for and he is an impressive striker. We decided to sign a two-year contract with him to give him the chance to give the best he can for us.''


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