Hero Indian Super League (ISL) defending champions have further strengthened their squad with the addition of talented centre-back Anwar Ali to their ranks, the club announced on Sunday.
Ali who has emerged as one of the best defenders in India over the past year has cemented his place in the Indian national team and has forged a formidable partnership with former Mariner Sandesh Jhingan.
He has played 16 times for the Blue Tigers and has also netted a goal for the side. Last season in the Hero ISL, the 22-year-old was a mainstay in the FC Goa team and played in every match of the season for the Gaurs scoring one goal and providing two assists.
He is one of the best Indian defenders when it comes to playing it out from the back and possesses a league passing accuracy of 82%. He made the most successful passes (1080) in the Hero ISL last season.
Ali expressed that it was always his dream to wear the green and maroon jersey and is now looking forward to playing in the Kolkata derby.
“I had a childhood dream to play for one of the football giants in Kolkata and Mohun Bagan is one of the oldest clubs in India. Many of our football legends played for this club. It’s going to be exciting to sport the Green & Maroon jersey in the coming season. I got many messages from the fans and I am overwhelmed to know about their interest in me,” Ali said after joining the club.
He continued, “MBSG has got a great team with some fantastic footballers. I will get opportunities to learn a lot from them. It’s a challenge for me to get accustomed to a great team like this. I want to give my best to make everyone happy.”
About playing in the Kolkata Derby, Anwar said, “It’s my dream to play and win the Kolkata derby. I have won championships for the Indian team, but have never won any championship for any club team. This season, I want to become a member of the champions for Mohun Bagan. They have got a team like that,” he concluded.