Pune Football Club bolstered their squad by signing talented 26 year old winger, Khanthang Paite from East Bengal. The season long loan deal will allow him to play for Pune FC till 31st May, 2013.After completing the formalities, the Mizo player said,"I am happy to be here and I am looking forward to playing for Pune FC. It makes me proud to have joined such a big club like Pune Football Club”.
Paite is a product of the famous Tata Football Academy (TFA), from where he passed out in 2006.
Thereafter he moved to Goan giants, Churchill Brothers, where he was gradually introduced into the first team in 2009. In the same year, he will remember his memorable strike against Mohammedan Sporting that finally led Churchill to win the I-league 2008-09.
Paite was signed by East Bengal for the 2011-12 season after spending five years in Goa. He appeared for the Red and Gold brigade in 12 I-league matches as well 3 AFC Cup encounters. Coming on as a 80 minute substitute in the Federation Cup semi-final against Prayag United, the snappy winger scored the winner to take them to the final, which unfortunately the Kolkata giants lost out to Salgaocar last season.
Coach Derrick Pereira was all praises for the left winger and said that he fitted the bill given that his side do lack players on the left flank.
"We are delighted to welcome Paite to Pune FC. He has lot of experience and we are fortunate to have him marshal the left-wing. We were looking for an out-and-out left-footed winger for the season and Paite fits the bill.”
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