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Ex-Shillong Lajong custodian Phurba Lachenpa signs a multi-year deal with Mumbai City FC

Ex-Shillong Lajong custodian Phurba Lachenpa signs a multi-year deal with Mumbai City FC
Phurba Lachenpa | Source: TSR

Mumbai City FC have wrapped up the signing of ex-Shillong Lajong custodian Phurba Lachenpa on a four-year contract ahead of the 2020-21 ISL.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper spent his formative years at the State Sports Academy in Sikkim. He joined the Shillong Lajong team which was competing in the Shillong Premier League in 2015. Lachenpa was on the bench for the senior team in the 2015-16 and 2016-17 I-League seasons and made his debut the following season against Gokulam Kerala FC.

After Lajong got relegated at the end of the 2018-19 season, Phurba joined Real Kashmir and represented them in the Durand Cup 2019 and last season’s I-League.

Overall, Lachenpa has featured in 37 matches in the I-League and kept 11 clean sheets. At Mumbai City FC, he is likely to be the No. 2 behind Amrinder Singh.

It’s a proud moment for me, taking the next step of my career and committing my future to a club of Mumbai City’s stature.

I’ve enjoyed my football and my journey so far but I’m only getting started. I know I have to work harder and I am really looking forward to working with and learning from my teammates.

It’s a huge challenge and an even bigger opportunity for me and I am ready to give it my all.

Phurba Lachenpa to MCFC

Phurba was one of, if not the best goalkeeper in the I-League last season, and we are delighted to have him here at Mumbai City. He is young and has tremendous potential to improve a lot in the future.

Phurba’s reflexes and command during the games is something that caught our eye, and we are hoping he can continue his development here at Mumbai City, and play a huge role in the Club’s successes for years to come.

Sergio Lobera, Head Coach, Mumbai City FC to MCFC

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