FORMER Derry City striker, Eamon Zayed has joined Iranian club, Persepolis until the end of the season.
Last season’s Airtricity Premier Division top goalscorer, put pen-to-paper on a lucrative six month contract with the Tehran based club on Christmas Eve understood to be worth in the region of £85,000 to the player.
The 28-year-old striker, will be handed the No. 12 shirt with the Iranian giants who are currently midway through their season.
Persepolis is owned by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sport and their chairman, Mohammad Rouyanian is a politician and a former commander of Iran’s controversial Revolutionary Guard.
Zayed, who recently declared for Libya, is the second player signed by new coach, Mustafa Denizili - a former Turkey player and manager who was most recently in charge of Besiktas.
The Dubliner - who netted 22 goals for the ‘Candy Stripes’ last season - is now the third player from last season’s Derry City squad who finished the 2011 campaign, to have left the club, following in the footsteps of both Stewart Greacen (Glentoran) and Gareth McGlynn.
“Persepolis is a big team in the Iran Professional League,” said Zayed. “I am going to do my best to get the better results in the second half of the season.”
Award Winning Season
Zayed has been nominated for next month’s Airtricity/Soccer Writers’ Association of Ireland ‘Personality of the Year’ award and was also recently selected as the 2011 ‘Player of the Year’ by the ‘Professional Footballers’ Association of Ireland’.
The 6ft 2in striker, made his debut for the Libyian national team last year and has earned four caps so far but is still waiting for his first international goal.
He is expected to make Libya’s 23-man squad for the African Cup of Nations 2012 in January.
“I wasn’t able to go the last time I was called up,” said Zayed, “but I’m hoping to make a good impression this time and I’d love to go to the Nations Cup.”
Persepolis FC are in a disappointing ninth position in their domestic league, however, the Tehran giants have won the Iranian League a record nine times and last season they clinched their fifth Iranian Cup.
The club will participate in the 2012 Asian Champions’ League as the 2011 Iranian Hazfi Cup winners.