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Mumbai City sign India trio Jackichand Singh, Aiborlang Khongjee & Boithang Haokip

Mumbai City FC

Mumbai City FC announced the signing of three domestic players into their squad for the 2016 Hero Indian Super League (ISL). Jackichand Singh, Aiborlang Khongjee and Boithang Haokip have secured their spot in the team following strong performances in the leagues. With the signing of this native trio, Mumbai City FC has further strengthened their side by bringing in players that will complement the current squad.

The 24-year-old Indian winger Jackichand Singh played for Salgaocar FC in the 2015-16 I-League season. He has been key to Royal Wahingdoh’s promotion in the 2014 I-League, and its finishing third in 2015. Having been credited with 7 appearances for the Indian National team, Singh was also selected as the ‘Indian I-League Player of the Year 2014-15’.

Boithang Haokip known for his dribbling ability, plays for Shillong Lajong in the I-League. The 25-year-old winger is a set-piece specialist who is prolific down the wings and also an excellent player in central midfield. His prowess won him the FPAI Fans ‘Player of the Year’ in 2014.

Aiborlang Khongjee is the next exciting signing at Mumbai City FC, who has the ability to play across the back four as well as in the defensive midfield position adding to the team’s defense. Khongjee has 7 appearances for India and was part of the SAFF Championship winning Indian team in 2015-16. He is the captain of Shillong Lajong in the I-League, and has also played for Mohun Bagan and East Bengal in the past.

Commenting on the selection, Indranil Das Blah, CEO, Mumbai City FC said, “We are very happy to have Jacki, Boithang and Aibor with us for this season. All three of them have the grit and skill that we are looking for at Mumbai City FC. They are an essential part of the team’s plan and we look forward to a great season with them.”

Having brought together international and Indian players who bring both intelligence and skill in their brand of football, Mumbai City FC is putting together a formidable squad for the upcoming season with eyes firmly set on the trophy.

(Report courtesy Indian Super League Press Release)