Mohamed Chalali snubbed sleep to make Aberdeen debut

Mohamed Chalali (left) made his competitive debut for Aberdeen in their League Cup win over Dundee.
Mohamed Chalali (left) made his competitive debut for Aberdeen in their League Cup win over Dundee.©SNS Group

Mohamed Chalali was happy to start his Aberdeen career with a victory on Tuesday night, despite revealing he had barely slept in the days leading up to his debut.

The Algerian was a second half substitute for the Dons as they saw off Dundee 1-0 to progress in the Scottish Communities League Cup, having arrived back in the north east on Tuesday afternoon.

Chalali had to return to Greece at the weekend to confirm his departure from former club Panionios and was on an early morning flight back to Scotland, but still had the energy to turn out for his new side.

“I spoke with the coach before the game as it was a long journey and I had not slept,” said Chalali. “However, if the coach wants me to go without sleep for three nights before games it's no problem, I will follow his orders.

“I am very happy to sign for Aberdeen as it is a very prestigious club. I think it is great for my future and my career and I hope it will be good for the team.”

Former Le Havre and Chateaurox striker Chalali remains a relatively unknown quantity to Dons fans so far and was honest in his evaluation of the sort of player he is.

“I'm not Messi,” he joked. “I am a simple player. I like to get the ball and try to make the difference.

“I'm a striker and I like to score goals. I am a fighter and I hope my style suits the club.”

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