Walid Atta joins Saudi Arabian side Najran SC

Ethiopia’s Walia Ibex defender Walid Atta has left Swedish side Östersunds FK  to join Najran SC of Saudi Arabia. 

Atta, who has an Ethiopian father and an Eritrean mother, was born 30 years ago in Saudi Arabia. 

Najran SC is a Saudi Arabian football team based in Najran, they are currently playing in the Saudi First Division.


In 2008, Atta also became a member of the Swedish U-21 team, making his debut in a friendly against Ukraine on 5 February 2008, in Alcanena, Portugal. He played a total of 3 matches for the Swedish U-21 team. In October 2013 he decided to represent Ethiopia at senior level. Atta was supposed to make his debut against Nigeria in the African play-offs for the World Cup in Brazil, but the needed papers did not arrive in time. He finally made his debut in a qualifiers match for the 2015 CAF against Mali in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia lost that match in Addis Ababa but won the second leg in Mali. Walid played in both these matches.

Walid Atta’s Personal information (Wikipedia)

Date of birth 28 August 1986 (age 30)
Place of birth Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Östersunds FK
Number 5
Youth career
  IF Stendy
  Rannebergens IF
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2006 Gunnilse    
2006–2007 Väsby United 11 (0)
2008–2010 AIK 32 (1)
2008 → Väsby United (loan) 5 (1)
2010–2011 Lokomotiva 8 (0)
2011–2012 Dinamo Zagreb 0 (0)
2012–2014 Helsingborgs IF 31 (6)
2014–2015 BK Häcken 26 (0)
2015 Gençlerbirliği 4 (0)
2016– Östersunds FK 20 (2)
National team
2008–2009 Sweden U21 3 (0)
2014– Ethiopia 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 November 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 July 2011