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Bangalore club signs NE players

Shillong, July 16: I-League champions Bengaluru FC yesterday signed three soccer players from the Northeast on a one-year contract. Midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh, who captained Rangdajied United FC in the I-League, left-back Lalchhuanmawia, who was with Shillong Lajong FC and striker Udanta Kumam, a graduate from Tata Football Academy.

Eugeneson, 27, hails from Meghalaya while Lalchhuanmawia, 25, and Kumam, 18, are from Mizoram and Manipur respectively.

These three players were signed after former England under-20 skipper Joshua Walker last week.

“It is a great feeling to be the part of a champion team. I was up against Bengaluru FC last season and the football they played was very attractive. There is the challenge of defending the title this season, though, and I am happy to be a part of it,” Lalchhuanmawia said on the club’s website.

Echoing Lalchhuanmawia, Eugeneson, who had a stint with Lajong before captaining Rangdajied, said he was ecstatic at signing in with Bengaluru.

“I played here last season and the atmosphere was special. I have also heard from many quarters how BFC are going about doing things to change the way club football functions in the country and I wanted to be part of it,” Eugeneson said.

The club stated that the signing of Kumam reiterated Bengaluru’s stand in providing youngsters a platform.

Kumam graduated from Tata Football Academy, where he spent four years. He finished as top scorer with nine goals in TFA’s I-League under-19 title triumph last season.

“Eugeneson had an impressive season at Rangdajied and he had good games against us. As for Lalchhuanmawia, he is an attacking left-back, and will seamlessly blend into the BFC style of play while Udanta brings with him raw talent and pace,” Bengaluru assistant coach Pradhyum Reddy said.