ISL: Jackichand goes to Mumbai City, Choudhary to Jamshedpur
Mumbai, Jan 23 (IANS) Mumbai City FC on Saturday confirmed signing Jackichand Singh from Jamshedpur FC. The 28-year old returns to the Islanders for his second stint with the Club, putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half-year deal.
In the ongoing 2020-21 edition of the Indian Super League (ISL), the Manipur-born winger has appeared in all 12 games for Jamshedpur and has three assists to his name so far. One of the most experienced players in the ISL, Jackichand has 85 league appearances to his name and has turned out FC Pune City, Kerala Blasters FC and FC Goa as well.
Jacki, as he is fondly called, made eight appearances and scored once in his first spell with Mumbai City in the 2016 campaign of the ISL under then head coach Alexandre Guimarães. The India international has also previously plied his trade under the Islanders' current head coach Sergio Lobera during their time together at FC Goa.
"I'm thrilled to be back at Mumbai City FC. I am thankful to the management for giving me this opportunity to return to this big club and to work again with coach Sergio Lobera. I am acquainted with his philosophy, his style of play and I am aware of what he expects from me," said Jackichand Singh.
"I am also delighted to be playing again for the most amazing fans who gave me a lot of love when I was here a few years ago. I can't wait to get going with my teammates and contribute towards our collective ambitions."
Head coach Sergio Lobera said Jacki is a "very good" player.
"He is aware of our philosophy, and I am certain it won't take him long to adapt to our style of play and settle in with his new family. We are glad to have him here and we are happy that he's back at Mumbai City. He will be a valuable addition to our squad and we hope he can hit the ground running," he said.
As a part of the transfer, Farukh Choudhary will leave the Islanders and move in the other direction, returning to his former club Jamshedpur FC. Mumbai City thanked Choudhary for his contributions to the club and wished him the best for the future.