A few eyebrows were raised when French football club Toulouse announced that the Brazilian midfielder, Somalia, has joined the Saudi football team, al-Shabab.
The 29-year-old Somalia, whose real name is Wergiton do Rosario Calmon, has been playing with Toulouse for three years before signing a two-year contract with al-Shabab.
— Toulouse FC (@ToulouseFC) August 23, 2018
For more than a decade, Islamist militant group al-Shabab, which means youth in Arabic, has been battling the UN-backed government in Somalia. It has also been behind a string of attacks across East Africa.
Some Twitter users were amused by that juxtaposition:
The Brazilian Somalia completed his transfer to the Saudi club Al-Shabab today. The joke is a little to easy to make.
— Mohammed (@think_B1G) August 23, 2018
ppl wonder y I can’t take life serious??? can u imagine the commentators “nice long shot by somalia n alshabaab lead 1-0”
— jamac jr ????????? (@jamac_jr) August 23, 2018
So umm, hol on! Just, just wait a minute, A Brazilian football player named Somàlia left a Saudi football team named Al-Shabab? pic.twitter.com/6IHZBrhUrB
— ??? (@iiAmZey) August 23, 2018
— Ms. Granger (@somalihermione) August 24, 2018
What are the odds lol. Gentleman named Somalia signs a deal with Saudi football team Al-Shabab. https://t.co/BewkZPX5Se
— Abu Maryama (@Abumaryama19) August 23, 2018
LOL guys a brazillian footballer nicknamed ‘Somalia’ has joined a team called Al Shabab ????? https://t.co/Oz8Fl44VQg
— yasin also known as Piccolo (@Serriusbleck) August 24, 2018