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Pro Kabaddi League Season 6: Manpreet Singh to continue as Gujarat Fortunegiants coach in PKL 2018

Soumo Ghosh
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1.56K   //    23 Jun 2018, 16:52 IST

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After a fruitful debut season, Gujarat Fortunegiants have signed Manpreet Singh as their head coach for the 2018 Pro Kabaddi League campaign.

Manpreet, who is in Dubai for the Kabaddi Masters tournament, confirmed to Sportskeeda that Gujarat have indeed signed him up as their coach for yet another season, as he looks to lead them to glory this time around.

"Yes, I will continue with Gujarat in Season 6 as well. We have brought in some new boys, and the team looks promising this time around. Let's see how far we can go this season," said Manpreet.

Gujarat had a fruitful campaign under Manpreet last season, finishing as one of the best defensive teams in Season 5. In fact, they had finished the group stage of the PKL with the highest number of points (87) by a country mile. Eventually, the Fortunegiants went on to set up a summit clash with Patna Pirates, a match that was billed as the 'best defence vs the best attack' in the league.

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While the Adani-owned franchise went on to lose the final, Manpreet, who was serving his first season as a PKL coach, earned a lot of plaudits for his side's defensive organisation.

However, the Fortunegiants have lost out on the services of their star Iranian pair Fazel Atrachali and Abozar Mighani, who were snapped up by U Mumba (Rs 1 crore) and Telugu Titans (Rs 76 lacs), respectively.

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The Fortunegiants have not gone for many big-money signings this time, raider K Prapanjan being their costliest signing at Rs 38 lacs. Apart from Prapanjan, they have also retained promising youngster Sachin Tanwar (Rs 38 lacs), along with South Korean raider Dong Geon Lee (Rs 17.2 lacs), and Ajay Kumar (Rs 25 lacs).

With this new approach, it will be interesting to see how Gujarat Fortunegiants fare in Season 6 of PKL with their core players being a young bunch.

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