Veteran Brazilian forward Ciel is set for another campaign in the Arabian Gulf League after strugglers Dibba Al Fujairah snapped him up.
Ciel, 35, scored a fine 11 times in 21 games during 2016/17 as yo-yo club Ittihad Kalba suffered relegation by a slender margin.
He became a free agent after this disappointing conclusion, meaning he was available to ink a one-season deal with the Fishermen.
Bar a short spell back in his native country at Ceara from July-October 2016, the attacker has spent the last six-and-a-half years in the UAE. This included prior periods with Al Shabab and Al Ahli.
Dibba have been active since they narrowly stayed up a fortnight ago.
They have also renewed the contracts of Brazilian coach Paulo Comelli and Jordan winger Yaseen Al Bakhit, plus recruited ex-Al Shaab and Emirates Club striker Alassane Diallo of Senegal.
Ciel – whose arrival leaves one spot potentially vacant in the four-player foreign quota – represents their standout business.
The dynamic attacker scored 27 goals in 51 top-flights games for Shabab from January 2011-August 2013, also winning the 2010/11 Arabian Gulf Cup. Ciel would then go on to claim the 2013/14 and 2015/16 AGL titles at Ahli, plus the 2013/14 League Cup.
Even though his time there was severely curtailed by a double ankle fracture in September 2014, he exited last June with 17 strikes in 39 AGL run-outs.
Dibba have avoided the drop by slim margins in the last two seasons since they earned promotion.
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