Remember Aruna? He’s back…at Crystal Palace.
Today we heard the news that Aruna Dindane signed a contract with Crystal Palace. The former Anderlecht striker had been without a club but he thinks it is too soon to retire. The club from England, which plays in The Championship, announced today that Aruna had signed a contract until the end of the season.
We all know Aruna Dindane as a brilliant striker who played in Belgium for RSC Anderlecht. Aruna arrived at Anderlecht in 2000 who bought him from ASEC Mimosas. The club from Ivory Coast is known for its academy, which has produced the likes of Yaya and Kolo Touré, Kalou, Eboué, Zokora and more. His first season in Anderlecht was a difficult one for the Ivorian attacker. He was only number three in the pecking order of head coach Aimé Antheunis after Jan Koller and Tomasz Radzinski. That season Anderlecht won the title and both attackers left Brussels, which suited Aruna and marked the beginning of a beautiful period for the club and the player.
Most fans of Anderlecht will still remember the first goal of Aruna Dindane in the Champions League. Anderlecht played in the Santiago Bernabeu where Aruna scored early in the match to give Anderlecht a 0-1 lead. Despite his goal Anderlecht could not win against a strong Real Madrid but this was the moment when the Ivorian became a fans’ favourite.
Aruna Dindane scored 49 goals in 130 matches for the club in Brussels. The ex-Ivorian international won 3 titles at Anderlecht and won the Golden Shoe in 2004. Aruna Dindane left Anderlecht after a long and drawn out transfer saga to join Lens in France. The President of Anderlecht had insisted on keeping one of his major stars but admitted later that it is not really smart to keep a player who wants to play in a better competition. He also played for Portsmouth and several clubs in Qatar. Hopefully it will work out well in the south of London.