Hero I-League 2017/18: Minerva Punjab FC sign Chanmari FC's Vanlalbiaa on loan
With just a few more matches to go, Minerva Punjab, who are favourites to win the I-League title, have announced the new signing of Vanlalbiaa Changte from Chanmari FC of Mizoram.
Minerva are currently at the second position on the I-League table, just two points behind Neroca FC. However, they have played two games fewer and could go on to win the league, if they win all their remaining matches.
The Chandigarh-based club made this announcement via their Twitter account.
Vanlalbiaa was transferred from Mizoram's Chanmari FC for the remainder of the Hero I-League. The transfer of the youngster was carried out via a loan deal. The Chanmari FC are the current reigning champions of the Mizoram Premier League, which has shown all probabilities of producing some exceptional talent.
The transfer window for India is open from 16th January to 15th February. However, the transfer was possible even after the deadline due to the fact that a loan was in play for the Vanlalbiaa.
"In India, the only transfers between clubs can take place during the transfer window. However, although the window has closed, clubs can still loan players and sign free agents," Minerva Punjab club owner Ranjit Bajaj explained to Sportskeeda. "That is essentially why we were able to sign him."
Although the title is in their hands, Minerva Punjab still have the final hurdle of the last three matches coming up. A big and talented squad at the business end of the season certainly helps the cause for any club, and the same applies to the side from Chandigarh.
Minerva Punjab can, therefore, look forward to some exceptional skill from the youngster. Punjab FC will face Aizawl FC in their next match on February 26 and it is yet to be seen how their recent signing adapts to the new turf.