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Former FC Goa captain Mandar Rao Dessai moves to Mumbai City FC

Former FC Goa Captain Mandar Rao Dessai moves to Mumbai City FC
Mandar Rao Dessai | Source: ISL Media

Mumbai City FC have signed former FC Goa captain and fullback – the 28-year-old Mandar Rao Dessai ahead of the 2020-21 Indian Super League.

Born in Mapusa, Goa, Mandar was part of the youth setup at Dempo SC and was promoted to the senior team in the 2013-14 I-League season. While playing in the I-League for the Golden Eagles, Mandar was loaned out to FC Goa for two consecutive seasons as part of the ISL draft.

After Dempo SC were relegated to the 2nd Division League at the end of the 2014-15 season, Mandar played for them in the 2nd Division League playoffs the following season after which he joined FC Goa permanently in 2016. Dessai was sent out on loan during the 2016-17 season to the then I-League side Bengaluru FC.

It was after Sergio Lobera’s arrival, Mandar Rao transitioned from a winger to an attacking left back and was hugely successful in that role. His performances caught the eye of the national team coach Igor Štimac and he made his debut for the Indian NT in 2019.

Last season, Dessai won the league with FC Goa and with coach Sergio Lobera signing for Mumbai City FC for the 2020-21 season and beyond, it seems natural the fullback follows the manager who gave a huge fillip to his career.

Mandar has featured in over a 100 games for FC Goa and now joins Mumbai City FC on a three-year contract which will keep him at the club till May 2023.

One Comment

  1. […] “It feels great to join East Bengal FC. It’s a new challenge for me and I want to contribute to the team in whatever capacity is required of me. Coach Carles is a fine tactician and wonderful human being. I am glad to get another opportunity to playing under him. I can’t wait to wear the Red & Gold jersey and help the team win,” said the 31-year-old Mandar who has won a Hero ISL Winners’ Shield with FC Goa, and two League Winners’ Shields and a Hero ISL title with Mumbai City FC. […]

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