U Mumba is a professional Kabaddi team which participates in Pro Kabaddi League, a professional Indian kabaddi league. The team is based in Mumbai, Maharashtra and was founded in 2014 with the inception of the Pro Kabaddi League.
U Mumba play their home games at the National Sports Club of India Stadium, which has a capacity of 5000 people.
The Mumbai based Kabaddi team was being coached by Bhaskaran Edachery and Ravi Shetty and the team captain was Anup Kumar. However, before the 2018 season begins the team has been reimaged and will have a fresh start to its squad. The new coaches appointed are Gholamreza Mahmoud Mazandarani and Upendra Kumar.
U Mumba is owned by Unilazer Sports, which is a company run by Ronnie Screwvala, the founder of UTV Group. U Sports spans its reaches not only to Kabaddi but to Football, ESports and Motorsports. Their future plans include constructing an U Mumba arena, reaching out to top metropolitan cities in India and building a U Mumba residential Academy in the name of U Mumba Gurukul.
Trajectory in the PKL
The Mumbai based team started the PKL with a solid performance in the PKL 2014 season. They were runners up after losing to Jaipur Pink Panthers in a closely fought final .
The taste of losing the final was not forgotten by the Mumba players and they topped the league in 2015 PKL and were crowned champions after beating Bengaluru Bulls in a competitive finale.
In the third season of PKL, U Mumba qualified for their third consecutive final but unfortunately lost to Patna Pirates.
After the first three thrilling season, U Mumba totally lost their direction in the league. In season four, the team was unable to qualify for the playoffs. In the 2017 PKL season, they were eighth on the overall team performance table and fourth in Zone B.
The whole team overhaul was a much needed change to bring back the glorious flow of starting seasons. The squads have been built to have an experienced defense and a young and aggressive offense with the raiders.
The 2017 season of Pro Kabaddi League was one of the worst phases for the U Mumba team. They finished eight on the overall performance table and were not able to qualify for the playoffs yet again. They had a below average win rate and there was no real direction in the team.
Major Players for the PKL 2018
Iranian player Abolfazl Maghsoudlou has played previously for Patna and Delhi. He is one of the best Iranian raiders in the league and is expected to add a great value to the team. Rohit Baliyan who has played with Delhi's team has showed great talent and is expected to play similarly for the Mumbai team.