Palestinians Abroad: Oday Dabbagh moves to Kuwaiti powerhouse Al-Qadsia

In a truly unexpected move, Oday Dabbagh is on the move again after just three months with Al-Salmiya. The surprise transfer was announced by his new club, Al-Qadsia, on their official social media channels late last night.

Dabbagh’s performances with the Palestine national team and Salmiya in the last six months have given Al-Qadsia enough proof of his ability.

Al-Qadsia was the launching pad for Syrian star Omar Al-Somah’s career who played there for three seasons before joining Al Ahli Jeddah. Dabbagh is ahead of Al-Somah’s development curve having just turned 21 years old he already has 4 goals and 2 assists to his name in over 20 appearances with the national team. He also is Palestine’s all-time leading scorer at the AFC Cup and notched 40 league goals with Hilal Al-Quds before moving to Kuwait.

Omar Al-Somah a year older when he made his move to the Kuwaiti Premier League and had not yet fully established himself as a Syria international.

Dabbagh departs Al-Salmiya having played in two league games, scoring one goal. He also featured in both Arab Champions Cup games against Iraqi side Al-Quwwa Al-Jawiyya.

The Jerusalemite is close to full health after breaking his collarbone in September.

Hilal Al-Quds refused to let the youngster move earlier this summer a move which necessitated the intervention of Palestine Football Association President Jibril Rajoub.

As a result the WBPL champions missed an opportunity to include a clause that would have given them a portion of the transfer fee Al-Salmiya had received for him.

Football Palestine has learned that one of the conditions laid out for Dabbagh in his move abroad was a mandatory contribution of 20% of his salary to the PFA in the event his earnings eclipse $200,000 USD.

Al-Qadsia currently lie in second place in the Kuwaiti Premier League and will compete in the 2020 AFC Cup next year. 

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