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Qatari side take Cisse on loan from Rangers

Qatari side take Cisse on loan from Rangers

AFC Champions League 2013 contenders Al Gharafa, from Qatar, have signed Djibril Cisse until the end of the season on a loan basis from Premier League team QPR.

The 31-year-old former French national striker, who scored 41 goals for Les Bleus, has played for Liverpool, Lazio and Panathinaikos.

This was the second high-profile signing by Al Gharafa after they signed Paris Saint Germain’s Brazilian striker Nene a week ago.

Al Gharafa’s AFC Champions League campaign begins in Group C with a trip to Saudi Arabia, facing ACL runners-up Al Ahli.

The other two teams in their group are Iran League Champions Sepahan and the winner of a playoff between Uzbekistan’s Lokomotiv and Al Nasr of the UAE.

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Derbuc at [email protected]