Rwandan central defender Emery Bayisenge has put pen to paper on a three-year contract at Moroccan top-flight side Kenitra Athletic Club.
The permanent move comes after Bayisenge impressed the North Africans in a two-week trial that convinced them of his ability to cope in one of the best leagues in Africa.
“This is a dream come true. I have always wanted to play for a top side outside Rwanda and here I am. I will give it all my best and I also know that I am going to learn a lot because Kenitra is a great side,” Bayisenge revealed.
The former Rwanda under-17 captain and current under-23 skipper has failed to make moves to European sides including Toulouse in 2012, and Zulte Walgem in Belgium the following year.
Last year, he almost made a move to Austrian side Lask Linz, but failed to attain a work permit before the closure of the transfer window.
The move to Morocco is therefore redemption for Bayisenge, who has also been left out of the Rwanda squad to face Ghana in the 2017 Afcon qualifier on 3 September to allow him time to settle in at his new side.
Bayisenge captained Rwanda to the final of the 2011 Caf Africa U17 Championship held in Rwanda, and ultimately qualified the Junior Wasps to their maiden appearance at the Fifa U17 World Cup in Mexico in the same year