Wedson Anselme has become the highest-paid footballer in Bangladesh’s club history when the Haitian forward was signed by Bangladesh Premier League newcomers Saif Sporting Club from I-League outfit East Bengal for a record monthly wage of $13,000 on Monday.
Wedson’s compatriot Sony Norde held the previous record when he played for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club for a monthly wage of $8,750 in 2014-15, according to an official of Bangladesh Football Federation.
Wedson is considered to be a big name in Bangladesh football as he played a key role in Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi Club’s back-to-back BPL titles in 2013-14 and 2014-15.
After a successful spell with Jamal until 2015-16, Wedson joined I-League outfit East Bengal last year.
Wedson, who will play for Saif from the second phase of the league, will earn total Tk 6.2 million, an amount that no other player has ever earned in Bangladesh’s club football history.
Norde was paid $70,000 by Jamal for the whole season in 2014-15.
‘We actually finalised his [Wedson] deal two months ago,’ said Saif Sporting managing director Nasiruddin Chowdhury on Monday.
‘We formed a team with the hope of winning the title but we realised that we lacked a player of Wedson’s quality in our forward line.
‘Even though we [Wedson] signed him for six months, we can extend his contract if needed and our target is to keep him for the next season too.’
Wedson, who returned to Bangladesh on Monday after an eight-month gap, set his sight of ending the season on a high note with Saif.
‘Bangladesh is my second home because I stayed here most of the time in the last five years,’ said Wedson.
‘If we can finish the first phase in top or second position then I have the confidence to make Saif champions.
‘When I came to Bangladesh for the first time, Sheikh Jamal was a small team, but we made it [Jamal] big,’ he said.
‘Saif is not currently a big team as it is playing in the Bangladesh Premier League for the first time. It also signed some big players like Hemanta [Vincent], Tapu [Barman] and Jewel [Rana], which encouraged me to sign for them.’
Wedson, who scored eight goals in 14 I-League matches, is the third foreign recruit for Saif after two Colombian players Deiner Andes Lorbaba and Hember Arley Valencia.
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