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The Goan club have been mediocre in the I-League and have looked to three new foreign players to help revive their campaign...

Sporting Clube de Goa have not had the best start to the I-League season. Ekendra Singh's side have only a solitary win from five matches. Their below-par performances have been attributed to the absence of foreign players. The club management have responded by signing three new overseas recruits that also includes Nigerian junior international Anorue Obiora.

"The absence of foreign players has hurt us in the initial stages of the league. That will not be a problem," said club president Peter Vaz to The Times of India. Obiora made his debut for Sporting in the 3-2 defeat to Mumbai FC and also managed to get onto the scoresheet.

The Nigerian, who has played for Indonesian club Persebaya Surabaya in Indonesia and was also part of their AFC Champions League squad, is a direct replacement for Cameroonian striker Bong Bertrand who has been eased out of the squad due to a series of mediocre performances. Obiora's arrival can ease the pressure shouldered by Dawson and Victorino Fernandes upfront.

Less pressure on Victorino Fernandes

The Goan club can also look forward to trying out Japanese striker Seiya Sugishita who has shown promise in training sessions and is increasingly looking likely to start when Sporting take on United Sikkim at the Nehru Stadium in Fatorda, Goa this weekend.

Sporting are also close to sealing deals for Croatian defender Nikica Gacesa and former Liberian international Joseph Amoah from Indonesian side Persibo Bojanegoro.

 "The next five matches are very crucial for us. We need to be in the best possible shape for these matches and if you ask me personally, we should be targetting an all-win record," signed off Peter Vaz.

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