Iain Liddle reports
Charlton have signed Burkina Faso international Florent Rouamba on a contract until the end of the season, the club announced on Thursday afternoon.
The midfielder’s arrival is subject to him receiving a work permit in the coming days and he will not be eligible for Saturday’s match against Bolton Wanderers at The Valley (3pm).
Rouamba has been training with the Addicks over the past few weeks and has done enough to convince manager Chris Powell that he warrants a longer stay at the club.
Primarily a defensive-minded midfielder, he has spent the last six years playing for FC Sheriff Tiraspol, who have dominated the Moldovan National Division in recent times, winning 11 of the last 12 league titles and six league and cup doubles during that period.
Rouamba has also played for the club in the Europa League. They were eliminated by Olympique de Marseille in the play-off stage of this year’s competition.
“He has been playing out in Moldova, which is quite a strange route, but it happens with a lot of players as they just want to play, regardless of the country,” said Powell.
“He trained with us before the international break and we quite liked what we saw, so we’ve managed to secure him, hopefully, if everything is resolved with his work permit.
“He will be with us until the end of the season, which gives us a longer look at him. He played in the African Cup of Nations final and there has been a bit of interest in him, but it is something we can do because it is a good chance for us to look at him.
“I don’t think he is used to the weather - that is one thing that has counted against us! Normally in March and April there is good weather, but I think he is wondering about the snow at the moment.
“He doesn’t know anyone really and he is in a hotel, and you have to take those things into account, but he is here to impress us for the longer term and I really hope that he does well and is one that can maybe add to us in the future.”
Rouamba was a regular for Burkina Faso during their impressive run in this year’s African Cup of Nations, when the small nation upset the odds to reach the final of the tournament.
The 26-year-old was a consistent performer as The Stallions topped their group, finishing above Nigeria, former winners Zambia and Ethiopa, before they beat Togo 1-0 in the quarter-finals.
A penalty shootout victory over Ghana in the semi-finals set up a rematch with Nigeria in the final, when they were beaten 1-0.
Once available, Rouamba will compete with the likes of captain Johnnie Jackson, Bradley Pritchard, Dale Stephens and new loan signing Mark Gower for a place in the Addicks midfield.
“His position is as a holding midfielder and he has shown that in the training sessions he has had,” added Powell.
“He knows the role and we have seen him on DVDs and had him training, but ultimately it is about what happens in games and what happens when you feel settled, and if he comes through that.”