Cameroon's Achille Emana joins Saudi side Al Hilal

By Ibrahim SannieBBC Sport
Cameroon midfielder Achille Emana
Cameroon midfielder Achille Emana signed a four-year deal with Hilal

Cameroon midfielder Achille Emana has joined Saudi Arabia giants Al Hilal on a four-year contract.

The 29-year-old moves from Spanish side Real Betis in a deal worth US$6m.

Emana, who played at last year's World Cup in South Africa, will join his new team-mates in pre-season training on Sunday.

"Al Hilal has signed a four-year contract with Achille Emana who is coming from Real Betis," the Saudi club said in a statement.

"Emana is expected to arrive to Riyadh on Sunday to join Al Hilal squad as we plan for a big impact in the league next season.

"His experience at the high level, including the World Cup, will help us achieve the vision we have."

Emana leaves Betis despite helping them to return to the Spanish top-flight after a two-year stay in the second tier.

He scored 34 goals in 91 appearances for Betis in his three-year stay at the club.

The midfielder played for Valencia of Spain and French club Toulouse before joining Betis in 2008.

The Cameroonian becomes the third African to join the Saudi giants ahead of the start of the next season in the Asian country.

Morocco striker Youssef El-Arabi joined Hilal from French side Caen last month.

His compatriot Adil Hermach also moved to the Saudi club after leaving French side Lens, where he had a six-year spell.