Carlos Antonio Salom Zulema joins Chennaiyin FC on loan

The 31-year-old forward is the club’s seventh and final foreign signing for the season.

Palestine's Carlos Antonio Salom Zulema will be playing for an Indian club for the first time. Photo: Special Arrangement

Chennaiyin FC on Friday announced the acquiring of Argentine-born Palestine forward Carlos Antonio Salom Zulema on loan for the upcoming Indian Super League (ISL) season. The 31-year-old forward is the club’s seventh and final foreign signing for the season.

Born and raised in Argentina, Salom has played for Sacachispas FC and Barracas Central in the Argentina Primera C league, besides other clubs in South America and around the world.

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His performances in his second stint at Barracas — in 2009, Salom helped the club win qualification to Primera B by scoring 17 goals in 16 appearances, winning the league’s golden boot en route — earned him moves to Argentine top-flight sides Olimpio and All Boys, before a spell with Deportes Concepcion in Chile’s second division. Salom then went on to have a three-year spell at Union Espanola.

Salom has also had brief spells with Mexican top tier outfit Puebla and Bangkok United. He is of Palestine origin and made his international debut for Palestine in a friendly against Tajikistan two years ago.

‘Excited’

Looking forward to his first stint at the ISL, he said, “The Chennaiyin FC project is very exciting and I am looking forward to a great season with the champions of India. I am excited to play in the ISL and will give my best to help CFC retain the title and go as far as possible in the AFC Cup.”

According to coach John Gregory, Salom possesses “quality, experience and variety.”

He said, “Carlos (Salom) is a fantastic addition to our squad. He will enhance the quality, experience and variety in our forward department. He is a forward who can score and also create goals. We have full faith in him to have a great first season in India.”

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