The Australian replaces Japanese striker Daisuke Nishiguchi, who was released by the club in the first week of February...Pune FC boosted their strike-force by adding Boima Jerry Karpeh for their final assault of the I-League 2012-13 season, in place of the released Daisuke Nishiguchi.
28-year-old Karpeh is a naturalised Australian, born in Liberia, Africa, and thus fulfils the Asian quota as per the league's regulations.
The Perth-based 6’2” striker carries forward the experience of playing for several clubs in Western Australia (Football West Premier League), which includes top honours with Perth SC and Floreat Athena. During the period, Jerry also emerged top scorer in the West Australian league.
Subsequently, Karpeh featured for A-League side Perth Glory (2007-2008) and figured in seven games. After a couple of more seasons below the A-League, he decided to move out of Australia and trade his skills.
Boima Karpeh’s first stop on the Indian sub-continent was with Churchill Brothers (2010-11) where he made 14 appearances, netted 4 goals and helped the Goan side to a fourth place in the I-League. Likewise, he played a key role in Churchill Brothers' IFA Shield title win in March 2011 in the same season.
Thereon, Karpeh's next stint was in south-east Asia at Persisam Putra, an Indonesian Super League side.
Pune FC General Manager Dr. Ashok Kumar said, “Pune FC and Jerry have completed an employment contract. All formalities have been fulfilled so that Jerry (Boima Karpeh) can play.”
The player completed a medical test and on Friday had a light workout at the Pune FC training pitch at Mamurdi.
Having travelled from Australia via Singapore to Mumbai and then Pune, Karpeh said, “I am happy to be part of a team that I believe is professional in all that they do. I am eager and waiting for the main squad to regroup and be part of Pune FC.”
The Pune FC seniors are currently on a one-week break and will be back in training from Monday, 18 February 2013. Karpeh's inclusion adds variety to Pune FC's attack with South Sudan’s James Moga, Jeje Lalpekhlua and Subash Singh already on the club roster.
PFC Head Operations, Chirag Tanna added, “We (Pune FC) felt the need to get in striker for this last part of their 2012-13 campaign and hence signed on Jerry. I am extremely happy for Jerry and wish him all the luck.”
On the release of Daisuke, Tanna continued, “Pune FC wishes to thank Daisuke for all his efforts and wish him all the best in his future." During his stint, Daisuke figured in 18 matches (11 as a substitute). The Japanese scored two goals (vs Mumbai FC; Leg 1) in his period and featured in 15 I-League games.
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