Mumbai, September 13th, 2016: Mumbai City FC announced the signing of the talented Indian pair of Lalchhuanmawai Fanai and Udanta Singh for the third season of Indian Super League (ISL) 2016. The franchise is thrilled to boost its squad with the addition of these talented Indian footballers.
Mumbai City FC’s towering left-back Lalchhuanmawai Fanai has been retained for ISL 2016. Hailing from the village of Lengpui in the state of Mizoram, Fanai made his debut with Shillong Lajong where he remained for 2 seasons before joining Bengaluru FC. He had an incredible season with Bengaluru FC, winning the Federation Cup in 2015, placing second in the I- League for the 2014-2015 season and then going on to become a part of the squad that won the I- League last season.
Joining his Bengaluru FC teammate at Mumbai City FC is 20-year-old striker, Udanta Singh. Starting his football career at the tender age of 14 at the TATA Football Academy, Udanta came up the ranks and represented his academy at the Darjeeling Gold Cup and Saras Gold Cup. Terrorizing defenders with his crafty footwork and impeccable skill, Udanta became Bengaluru's youngest goal-scorer. Sent to Oxford United for a development training stint under Michael Appleton, Udanta came back stronger and won the I- League with Bengaluru FC last year.
Commenting on the selection, Indranil Das Blah, CEO, Mumbai City FC said, "We are elated to announce the signing of Fanai and Udanta. Fanai proved his mettle last season as well, and we're glad to have him back with us. Udanta had a great season in the I-League and is one of the most promising players in the country right now. His continued inclusion in the National Squad at such a young age is a testament to that. We are sure they're going to play a big part in the upcoming season."
On being retained by Mumbai City FC, Lalchhuanmawai Fanai said, "It is great to be back in Mumbai. The results weren't the best last season, but the fans of the city were always backing us. I hope I can play my part to give them a better season this time around."
About Mumbai City Football Club:
Mumbai City FC is Mumbai’s franchise in the Hero Indian Super League. Bollywood actor and football enthusiast Ranbir Kapoor and chartered accountant Bimal Parekh together own the team. The team’s logo is a reflection of a resilient fortress that stands proudly, surrounding the logo that signifies the unrelenting, determined spirit of the city. The seven stars symbolise the islands that form Mumbai. Trains that are the very lifeline of the city ply millions of Mumbaikars across its vast expanse and connect these islands. Each passenger, each citizen of the city, is bound together by their love for the place they call home. 20 million citizens, 20 million hearts pulse to a single beat - the heartbeat of Mumbai. Mumbai City Football Club has displayed a consistent performance in season one and two and has been recognized as a distinguished attacking contingent.