FIFA’s ruling has cleared him to play for Sydney Olympic in the TeleChoice NSW Premier League from this week in their round 10 clash against the A.P.I.A.-Leichhardt Tigers at the Belmore Sports Ground.
Al Tall, the 185cm striker, with a bagful of goals, man-of-the-match awards, championship medals and other honours for his club and country in a number of domestic and Asian tournaments, was quickly snapped up by Sydney Olympic in the pre-season and impressed in his trial appearances in the Johnny Warren Cup.
His former club Al Faisaly of Jordan, claimed they had a five year contract, and forced the player and his management to go to FIFA. The clearance arrived this week, and the player will resume his training and playing duties with Sydney Olympic today.
?I just want to thank Milan and everyone at Olympic for being patient and waiting for me and my agent to sort this unfortunate mess out.? said al Tall.
?I also want to thank the staff of Football NSW and Football Australia for their efforts, and my national coach Nelo Vingada for speaking to the JFA on my behalf.?
Al Tall, who has two AFC Cup Winners medals from his time with Al Faisaly, was disappointed with his former club?s stance as they knew for some time he had been attending university and would not be returning to Jordan in the short term.
?It?s one of those unfortunate football things. I have put it behind me, and I am now focused on repaying Sydney Olympic for the faith they have placed in me, impressing A-League clubs, and hopefully representing Jordan again.? said the striker.
Al Tall is hoping to get some first grade game time quickly, although admits he is short on match fitness.
?I have had to work, to maintain my lifestyle and pay bills, and that has kept me away from Olympic training. Now I can be a footballer again, and I can?t wait to wear an Olympic shirt again,? said al Tall, who also has an impressive portfolio in his other life as a male model.
It is believed that a number of A-League clubs have enquired about Al Tall to Olympic officials, and now the club has the opportunity to invite those A-League coaches to come and watch him play.
The drama has gone on for close to three months, and is a warning to young players around the world, who tend not to look too hard at the mechanics of contracts, or their rights within.
?There was no document registered with the national body, and what they did eventually produce at the behest of FIFA was a joke, not a contract.
?The player never signed a contract as such, and this is a common problem with Middle East clubs. They tried to bluff Sydney Olympic and failed, and in the meantime, they hurt one of their own national team players,? said Chris Tanner, the player?s agent.