Atletico de Kolkata retain Iain Hume, Ofentse Nato and name new signings ahead of ISL season 3
Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri) and Sameehg Doutie were also retained by the Kolkata team.
Kolkata, 13th June, 2016: Taking a step towards building their team for the upcoming third edition of the Indian Super League, title holders of the inaugural edition and semi-finalists of the second edition Atletico de Kolkata, today announced that the team has retained foreign players Iain Hume, Jose Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri), Sameehg Doutie and Ofentse Nato from the previous season.
The team management also announced the new additions to the team from the domestic circuit which will strengthen the side ahead of the buildup en route for the third edition of Indian Super League.
Riding the waves of popularity will be the Canadian striker, Iain Hume who scored 11 goals in ISL 2015, including two hat-tricks, and helped Atletico de Kolkata reach the semi-finals. Bolstering the squad again will be Ofentse Nato and the very dynamic Tiri and Sameehg Doutie, who stole the show along with Hume last season.
From the Indian players, Atletico de Kolkata will have the services of experienced Arnab Mandal for a third time in the defence and have retained central midfielder, Jewel Raja. New additions like Shilton Paul, Debjit Majumder, Pritam Kotal, Bikramjit Singh, Kingshuk Debnath, Bidyananda Singh Ningthoujam, Bikash Jairu, Dika, Robert Lalthlanumna and Prabir Das will add to the finesse on the pitch.
The inclusion of Bidyananda Singh, who is touted as the next big thing in Indian football will definitely increase excitement among fans. Nicknamed as Honda, this U-17 player from Manipur was spotted by Youth Academy coaches from Barcelona, Manchester United and Inter Milan and was the most versatile player during the training camp at the Aspire Academy in Doha.
“This year we at Atlético de Kolkata are looking at zeroing upon some consistent performers while building the team for 2016. The motive is to build a favourable and experienced bench strength who will prove to be an asset over the taxing three month long tournament. We have retained our star performers from last season who have been game changers for us on numerous occasions. The consistency and experience shown by them and their ability to grow attuned to the vision of ATK has won many hearts of fans. We plan to up our game few notches higher in the third edition and our choices are inclined in that direction.”
- Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, Chairman RP- Sanjiv Goenka Group, Co-owner, Atlético de Kolkata
“I am eagerly looking forward for my visit to the football capital of India and coach an exciting team whose performance over two seasons has been fantastic. I am truly excited about the talent I will encounter in India as I am going through their profiles and seeing clippings of their past matches. This year we have some of the best Indian players who will be playing for ATK. I have heard about the love for the game in Kolkata and how passionate are the fans. It will be my priority to marshal my troop and ensure memorable football.”
- José Molina, Head Coach, Atlético de Kolkata