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Somalia joins al-Shabab - the football club


Friday August 24, 2018



A few eyebrows were raised when French football club Toulouse announced that the Brazilian midfielder, Somalia, has joined the Saudi football team, al-Shabab.

The 29-year-old Somalia, whose real name is Wergiton do Rosario Calmon, has been playing with Toulouse for three years before signing a two-year contract with al-Shabab.


For more than a decade, Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which means youth in Arabic, has been battling the UN-backed government in Somalia. It has also been behind a string of attacks across East Africa.

Some Twitter users were amused by that juxtaposition:










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