Cape Town City have announced the signing of Ivorian defender defender Kouassi Kouadja.
According to the Citizens, the left-footed centre-back has penned a four-year deal with the club.
The club took to their social media platforms on Tuesday morning to announce the arrival of the 22-year-old Kouadja.
City further revealed that there was huge interest in Kouadja's services from Spain, but the player chose to come to South Africa to join them.
The left-footed centre back joins City on a 4 year deal with already a wealth of European experience. The club welcomes Kouassi's signature amid interest from Spain, a signal for the intent and progression of the @OfficialPSL. pic.twitter.com/2tctJnoFmC — Cape Town City FC (@CapeTownCityFC) June 12, 2018
Despite being 22 years old, Kouadja brings with him a wealth of experience having played in several countries abroad between 2014 and 2017.
He began his professional career during the 2014/15 season at Saxan; a club campaigning in the Moldovan top division.
Kouadja was loaned out to Romanian side Astra Giurgiu by Saxan in 2015, perhaps to try and gain as much experience as possible.
He also played for Slutsk over two spells, before moving to Russia to sign for Tambov.
However, things didn't go according to plan as he couldn't manage a single appearance for the first team the whole of last season.
Kouadja will be expected to fill the void left by Robyn Johannes and Tshepo Gumede among other players at Cape Town City.
Johannes left the club for Bidvest Wits after signing a pre-contract with the Students at the start of the year.
Gumede on the other hand, was released alongside Vincent Kobola as City looks to improve their last season's position and possibly challenge for trophies.
Kouadja is Benni McCarthy's first major signing of the off-season, and this is certainly the start as more players are expected to be signed.