Brisbane sign up Bahraini defenderPosted: August 17, 2011
This one doesnt really come as a suprise since he’s been trialing for a month now and Ange said last week he wanted to sign him up, however, today Brisbane Roar confirmed that Sayed Mohammed Adnan has signed a 1 year deal with the A-League champions. Adnan, 28, who has extensive experience in the Middle East, has presumably been signed to fill the required visa player from another Asian nation for the Asian Champions League. The 189 cm tall central defender, will add some stiff competition with fellow recruit Matt Jurman, Matt Smith Matt Mundy at the centre of defence. He certainly gives Ange some selection headaches with Smith and Jurman forming a strong partnership in the Roar Roadshow.
Adnan, who was actually born in the Maldives, started out his career playing for Bahrani club Malkiya Club where he made 35 appearnces from 2003-2005, scoring 3 goals. From there moved across to fellow gulf country Qatar, joining Al-Khor Sports Club where he made 105 appearnces over a 6 year span with the Qatari Stars League club. Adnan has also played 79 times for his country, contributing 13 goals. Fans who watched the 2010 Fifa World Cup Inter-Continental playoff tie between Bahrain and New Zealand will remember the tie for New Zealands 1st qualification since 1982. However for Adnan the occasion was a bitter one, with the lanky centre-half missing a crutial penalty midway through the 2nd half.
On the whole, it seems a shrewed piece of businees from Postecoglou, who listened to the advice of assistant Ken Stead who knew him from a previous stint in the middle east. Adnan will certainly play a part in the league this season, and if his improvement from when he 1st arrived til now continues, he could become a cornerstone of the side in the months ahead.
Sayed Mohammed Adnan factfile:
Position: Central Defender
International Caps: 79
International Goals: 13
Former Clubs: Malkiya (Bahrain), Al-Khor (Qatar)