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Minerva Punjab FC Transfer Updates: Brazilian winger Sergio Barboza Jr., Nigerian striker Orok Orok Essien, Sikkimese winger Sanju Pradhan and Nepalese goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong join the club

Minerva Punjab FC Transfer Updates: Brazilian winger  Sergio Barboza Jr., Nigerian striker Orok Orok Essien, Sikkimese winger Sanju Pradhan and Nepalese goalkeeper Kiran Chemjong join the club
(From Left to Right): Orok Orok Essien, Sergio Barboza Jr., Sanju Pradhan and Kiran Chemjong

Sergio Barboza Jr. (26, Winger)

  • Was part of the Flamengo U-20 side in 2011.
  • Apart from Brazilian clubs, Sergio featured for Central American clubs in Costa Rica, Honduras and Guatemala.
  • Over the last season, the Brazilian turned up for Svay Rieng FC in Cambodia and Master 7 FC in Laos.

Orok Orok Essien (27, Striker)

  • The Nigerian has experience in the I-League with Mumbai FC (2013-14) and East Bengal (2014-15).
  • Has represented Nigeria at youth levels.
  • Also turned up for Indian clubs Kenkre FC, George Telegraph, Morning Star, Viva Chennai, Bhawanipore FC and more recently the Bhutanese club Paro FC in the 2018-19 season.
  • Expected to partner upfront with fellow Nigerian Kuti who was signed this season.

Sanju Pradhan (29, Winger)

  • From Sikkim, Pradhan spent a large part of his formative years at Namchi Sports Hostel.
  • Signed his first contract with Air India FC (2006-2008)
  • Joined Kolkata giants East Bengal in 2008 and his five season stint at the club saw him score 10 goals in 72 appearances.
  • Season long spells at Dempo SC, ATK, Salgaocar, Northeast United, FC Pune City and DSK Shivajians.
  • Joins Minerva from Mumbai City FC where he featured 26 times over the last two seasons.

Kiran Chemjong (29, Goalkeeper)

  • 65 caps for the Nepalese National Team.
  • Was part of Minerva Punjab FC when they lifted the I-League title in 2017-18.
  • Has also represented Nepalese club Manang Marsyangdi Club among others.
  • Was at the Maldivian club T.C. Sports Club last season – where he helped the team win the league and was adjudged the best keeper in the Dhivehi Premier League.
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