Wahda adds the Brazilian forward Vitor Hugo

The Brazilian forward Vitor Hugo will be joining Al Wahda on a two-year contract, a club source told The National's Amith Passela.

Vitor Hugo Manique de Jesus becomes the first player to join the defending league champions since another Brazilian, Adenor "Tite" Leonardo Bacchi, took over as coach on Friday.

Wahda made room for Hugo on the club by dismissing the Malian forward Modibo Diarra, whom they thought was playing poorly despite his scoring in a victory last week. Pro League clubs are allowed only three international players, and Wahda has spent its slots entirely on Brazilians, with Hugo joining Fernando Baiano and Marcio "Magrao" Rodrigues.

Hugo is 28, and appears to be one of the big (1.92m) and beefy Brazilian forwards fairly common in the Pro League. Others of the ilk: Bare of Al Jazira and Baiano.

Speaking of Baiano ... it is fair to wonder how he will fit in with another target-type striker -- unless Hugo is just a really big nimble guy who will play behind Baiano.

Wahda's new acquisition has one of the most varied playing histories of any guy in the league. Check out his wikipedia entry, if you like, and marvel at the number of clubs he has played for just since 2003. I count 15, the most recent being a loan to Al Nahda of Muscat. And Wahda makes 16.

Among his stops: Hong Kong, Serbia, Peru, Greece and Oman.

One of his clubs: Caxias do Sul of Brazil, the club which Tite played for as well as coached.

The most impressive club on Vitor Hugh's CV probably is Partisan Belgrade, where he made two appearances during the 2007-08 season.