BY ANSELM NORONHA Follow @apnoronha on twitter
Haroon Fakhruddin Amiri has signed for Dempo SC until the end of the current season, a few days after Australian striker Tolgay Ozbey put pen to paper to play for the Golden Eagles.
Dempo have hence replaced Irish striker Billy Mehmet and Japanese defender Shinnosuke Honda who were earlier released by the club.
Amiri played an important role in Afghanistan's 2-0 win over India in the SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) Championship 2013 final and was voted as the FPAI (Football Players' Association of India) Fans' Player of the Year for the season 2012-13.
After completing the signing of Amiri, Dempo head coach Arthur Papas was quoted saying, "We are delighted to have completed the signing of Amiri, who we believe will play an important role in the club’s run in the Federation Cup and I-League."
Expressing his views on the signing, the 26-year-old versatile player stated that it's a dream come true for everyone who joins Dempo SC.
"I was with Mumbai FC for the last three years and I was ready for a new challenge when Papas called me to join Dempo. So I accepted the challenge and decided to join Dempo," Amiri told Goal.
"For everyone who joins Dempo it's like a dream come true. It's a very big club with big expectations and I'm looking forward to this season."
Dempo currently occupy the 10th spot in the I-League standings as they travel to Kerala to compete in the Federation Cup in which they are placed in Group D alongside Mohammedan Sporting, United Sikkim FC and Bhowanipore FC.
"The team (Dempo) is changed with a lot of new and young players. So it will take time. Now we will all work together and hopefully things will look in the end of the season.
"I spent some good time with Mumbai FC. Now it's time for a new chapter (with Dempo SC). We will be looking to do well in the Federation Cup," Amiri signed out.
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