APR FC striker Pappy Sibomana has signed with Belarus side Shakhtyor Soligorsk on a two-year contract deal, IGIHE has learnt.
The striker was also said to be a purported target by the domestic league champions Rayon Sports FC which wanted to sign him a replacement for Dominique Nshuti Savio as well as Belgian second division side AFC Tubize where he was supposed to go for trails, a team that already recruited Salomon Nirisarike
Speaking to IGIHE on Friday before his departure, the forward who had spent four years with the military side said that he always had a dream of playing in a foreign club.
“I already had plans of playing in a foreign club, now my dream has come true. I will be departing Kigali Kanombe Airport today mid-night heading for Belarus in Europe in my new team Shakhtyor Soligorsk. I signed a two-year contract as per the negotiations by my agent Patient Sugira.”
The former Isonga FC player now heads to Shakhtyor Solgorska, his contract with APR FC was supposed to end this year.
FC Shakhtyor Soligorsk, is a Belarusian Premier League football club, playing in the city of Soligorsk.
The club was founded in 1961. During Soviet era Shakhtyor Soligorsk was playing in top or second division of Belarusian SSR league, occasionally dropping to lower tiers (Minsk Oblast league) for a short time. In 1971 Shakhtyor absorbed two other local Soligorsk teams (Khimik and Gornyak). Their best results came at the end of Soviet days, when the team finished as league runners-up twice (1988, 1990) and won Belarusian SSR Cup three times (1985, 1986, 1988).
Since 1992 Shakhtyor has been playing in Belarusian Premier League. The team struggled through the 90s, usually fighting against relegation. In 1997, they finished at the last place in the league but were saved from relegation after two other Premier League clubs withdrew.
After transitory 1998 season, the era of club’s success began. Since 1999, they have never finished below 6th place and became a staple European Cups participant. Shakhtyor Soligorsk became the champions of Belarus in 2005 and were league runners-up four times (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013). They also won Belarusian Cup twice (2004 and 2014).