FC Goa have signed 20-year-old winger Makan Winkle Chothe on a free transfer ahead of the seventh season of the Indian Super League.
Makan who hails from Manipur has penned a three-year-deal with the Gaurs and joins them from Punjab FC.
Prodigious at youth level, Chothe helped Minerva Academy win the Hero Elite League in 2018-19. In early 2018, Makan made his debut appearance as a substitute in the 2017-18 I-League – the season in which Punjab FC emerged champions.
The following season he got his first start in the I-League and also featured in the AFC Cup competition. In the 2019-20 I-League, he featured in 14 matches and picked up two goals and an assist.
FC Goa is a club I have always admired. And to now be able to put on the jersey and take on the very best in the country, it’s a dream come true.
Just like people in Manipur, my home state, the people of Goa are football mad. And it’s a great honour to represent them.
I have a long way to go and I hope I can make a real impact on the team in the years to come.Makan Winkle Chothe
We’re extremely excited at the prospect of Chothe joining us. We first saw him two years ago while he was playing the Hero Elite League and have kept an eye on him ever since.
Despite only being 20, Chothe already has an I-League winners’ medal under his belt and also has experience of playing in Asian competition.
He’s one of the best players in the country at his age and with him choosing to sign for FC Goa is another indicator that players believe that FC Goa provides opportunities for younger players to make their mark.
With time, we’re hopeful Chothe will develop into one of the best wingers in the country.Ravi Puskur, Director of Football, FC Goa.