Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Bengaluru sign young Gursimrat, Vishal bags extention, Darren Caldeira returns

Bengaluru FC Media

Staying true to its philosophy of promoting and honing young talent, Bengaluru FC have signed promising defender Gursimrat Singh (19) on a one-year deal, the club announced Tuesday. The I-League champions also added to the squad by signing familiar faces in defender Vishal Kumar and midfielder Darren Caldeira on short-term deals.

A regular in the India under-19 squad between 2014-15, Gursimrat spent five years at the Chandigarh Football Academy before being drafted into the AIFF Regional Academy in Navi Mumbai from where he went on to represent the country. He was also part of the AIFF squad that won the Under-19 I-League in 2015. “I am thrilled that I have signed my first professional contract with the best club in India. I am looking forward to learning and growing every day. This is a big chance for me early in my career and I am focused on making the most of it,” said Singh, who hails from Ludhiana.

Gursimrat was part of the SAFF Cup-winning India side of 2015 and also represented the country in the Under-19 AFC Championship in Palestine in the same year.

Caldeira, a Bengaluru player from 2013-2015, makes a return to the Blues after spending last season with Mumbai FC. Meanwhile local lad Vishal penned an extended deal after his three-year contract with the Blues ran out earlier in May.

Bengaluru head coach Albert Roca said the side could do with the new additions given the big AFC Cup game is less than a month away. “The club’s philosophy is to give young talent a stage and I believe that’s exactly what Gursimrat has got. He is talented, works hard and wants to keep improving which is a good sign for anyone taking the professional path. It’s also good to have Vishal and Darren back with the team. They have been with the club before but are working hard to bring value add to the squad which is what we need ahead of the AFC Cup tie,” he said.

Chika Wali to join Ozone FC

If sources are to be believed, football fans of the Garden City might see another top footballer playing in the namma city. Nigerian central defender, a veteran in Indian domestic football scene, Chika Wali is set to join  Ozone Football Club, Bengaluru. 

Playing his 10th season in India, Chika has earlier played for various I-League teams like Pune FC, United Sports, Salgaocar, and Mumbai FC. 

Monday, August 22, 2016

Subrata Paul named winner of Arjuna Award

AIFF Media

Subrata Paul was named as a winner of the prestigious Arjuna Award. Subrata who has nicknamed the ‘Spiderman’ for his acrobatic saves during the 2011 AFC Asian Cup Doha has represented India for over a decade. Besides, he has also Captained India in several matches.

Speaking to www.the-aiff.com, Paul said that the Award will “motivate” him to do better.

“The Arjuna Award is one of the highest Awards for sportspersons in our Country. Over the years the best in their respective fields have been conferred with the Award. A sportsperson never plays to get any Award. But when your achievements get recognized, it is an added motivation to do better,” he stated.

“I need to thank all my Coaches, my Teammates, AIFF, the Football fraternity and my family who stood by me and supported me over all these years,” he added.

National Coach Stephen Constantine couldn’t hide his delight over the phone. “No one deserves the Arjuna Award more than Subrata. He has done so much for Indian Football both on and off the field. I am very happy for him. Congratulations,” he told www.the-aiff.com.

Over the years Subrata has been a winning member of the AFC Challenge Cup, three editions of the Nehru Cup and the 2016 SAFF Suzuki Cup. He is the 24th Footballer to have won the Award, the last being Sunil Chhetri in 2011.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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