Why Moroccan Noah Sadaoui is perfect at FC Goa
The 28-year-old winger signed up for two years.
FC Goa has recruited Moroccan Noah Sadaoui for the 2022-23 edition of the Indian Super League. He is Goa’s fourth foreign signing in this transfer window after acquiring Alvaro Vazquez, Fares Arnaout and Iker Guarrotxena.
The winger has already made four appearances for the Moroccan national team, all of which have been part of Morocco’s 2020 Africa Nations Championship title-winning campaign. Noah has started in both the semi-final and the final so that Morocco won the title.
He also made several stays in the United States, Israel, South Africa, Oman, Egypt and Morocco. Noah has played a significant part of his senior career in Morocco. FC Goa signed him from Moroccan side AS FAR.
The Moroccan joins Goa with a wealth of expertise acquired across multiple leagues. He has a wide range of skills that the Gaurs will benefit from in the upcoming ISL season.
Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Noah Sadaoui began his career with the youth teams of Wydad Casablanca. At the age of 11, he emigrated to the United States with his family and joined the MLS academy with the New York Red Bulls.
After graduating from youth academies and a brief stint with some teams in the United States, he joined Maccabi Haifa in the Israeli Premier League in 2013. He was loaned out to Hapoel Kfar Saba, an Israeli second division side , shortly after his arrival.
The following season, he went on a second loan spell at another second-tier team, Nazareth Illit. At the end of the season, he parted ways with Maccabi Haifa.
Sadaoui joined South African Premier League side Ajax Cape Town in the summer of 2014. He scored three goals in as many games, helping them win the 2015 MTN 8 league title. Then the winger signed with American National Premier Soccer League team Miami. United FC. He helped the club to their second league championship.
Noah Sadaoui then moved to a few clubs in Oman and played in the Omantel Professional League from 2016 to 2018. After a brief outing with Egyptian side ENPPI SC for one season, the winger returned to his country native.
He joined Moroccan side, Mouloudia Oujda, in 2019. He made 44 appearances for them and scored 13 goals during his two years at the club. Another league club, Raja Casablanca, signed him after his impressive performance. Coming from Raja Casablanca, Noah joined FAR Rabat in 2021 before signing with Goa.
type of player
Noah usually plays the winger position. His unique trait is that he doesn’t have a weaker foot and is able to play on both wings.
While his team is attacking, he either takes the wide position by sticking to the secondary line and stretching the opposing defensive line, or he drifts inwards into the half-spaces to receive and develop the attack.
The 28-year-old often descends onto the pitch to collect the ball and provide assists to the forwards. His crossing ability is first-class and his ability to cross-run to the penalty area from the flank increases his attacking prowess.
Sadaoui presses high up the pitch while defending, often forcing opposing players to make mistakes. He’s quick on his feet, and his tactical reading of the game allows him to make interceptions and break up the opponent’s pass.
What does he bring to the team?
Noah Sadaoui is a perfect fit for the Gaurs, a team that plays possession-based football and likes to dominate the opposition. His attacking abilities are suited to Goa’s style of play. It will be exciting to see how he bonds with players like Vazquez, Brandon Fernandes and Edu Bedia.
Before deciding to move to Goa, he spoke with the manager, Carlos Pena, and felt welcome. He was also being approached by other teams, according to reports. It shows his interest and positive attitude towards the club. Noah’s experience with other clubs will benefit FC Goa in their pursuit of the ISL title.
“I am delighted to start the next phase of my career with FC Goa. The Club is not new to me, we have been talking to each other for almost two years now, and I have used this time to follow them and their performances in the Indian Super League, Durand Cup, etc.,” the Moroccan said after signing for the Gaurs.
“I also received offers from clubs in other countries, but when the coach himself spoke with me and made it clear to me that he believed in my abilities, it gave me the confidence to decide to join them.”
Goa Director of Football Ravi Puskar has also praised the new signing. “He is someone who interested us a lot a few years ago and who has always maintained this interest. This year, when the opportunity presented itself, we pushed hard to make sure we had it on board,” said Puskar.
“Noah is an x-factor player who is more than capable of the unpredictable and can play anywhere on the front line. He has a natural sense of goal and his moves to create space will make him a real handful for defenders this year.
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