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Salgaocar Sports Club have confirmed the signing of Philippines international Angel Guirado on a one year deal for the upcoming season 2012-13.

The 6’ 2” striker who was born to a Filipino mother in Malaga, Spain started his career with Malaga FC Juniors in 1997 and last featured for Global FC in Philippines.

He did have stints in the Spanish second and third division. He was also part of Deportivo La Coruna squad in the 2006-07 season but failed to notch any appearance for the side in the Spanish Primera Liga.  

Owing to his ancestry, Guirado chose to represent the Philippines at international level, the most recent being in the AFC Challenge Cup held at Kathmandu, Nepal in March 2012 where he scored two goals in the tournament.

Salgaocar had already completed their rosters for foreign players when they signed Sean Rooney earlier this week with Quinton Jacobs, Luciano Sobrosa and Jagaba Hamza being the other signings.

However, with this signing of Guirado, Hamza has been released by the former I-League champions and the Nigerian striker is expected to sign for Vasco Sports Club.

“Initially we were looking for an Asian player and we got two on trials. Both looked impressive while Hamza did okay. So we sat with Hamza and explained to him the situation. We parted amicably and it was a win-win situation,” explained Salgaocar head coach Karim Bencherifa.

“Angel is a tall player with good physical presence and competent skills; he will give me lot of options as a striker,” the Moroccan tactician added.

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