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Khalid Jamil's side have strengthened themselves ahead of the Federation Cup opening tie against Bagan...


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Mumbai FC have signed Henry Ezeh on-loan from ONGC FC until the end of the season. The Nigerian striker penned the deal with the Essel Group-backed team and is in Kerala to play in the 35th Federation Cup for his new side. Ezeh had earlier plied his trade for Mumbai FC in the 2010-11 season.

With Haroon Fakhruddin moving to Dempo SC, Mumbai FC have traveled with three foreigners for the Cup tournament - Yusif Yakubu, Ahmad Hatifie and Henry Ezeh.

"Coach (Khalid Jamil) was in talks with me. Then I came here from ONGC [FC]," Ezeh told Goal.

The club have also roped in defender Rahul Bheke and midfielder Sehnaj Singh from Mumbai Tigers.

"Yes, we have signed these two players to strengthen our squad further," informed Atu Bagdamia, Mumbai FC's deputy vice-president.

Henry Ezeh believes that Mumbai FC have a competitive outfit after a few more signings in the January transfer window which have strengthened the team.

"For now they are doing very good and they have a couple of very good players. They have signed some players from IMG-Reliance as well and [Yusif] Yakubu is there. I believe they have a very strong team this season," said the former Air India player.

Mumbai FC is clubbed alongwith Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar FC and Shillong Lajong FC in Group C and play their opening fixture againt the Mariners on Wednesday.

"The Federation Cup is like a big tournament. Everybody has come here well prepared. So let's see what happens," Ezeh concluded.

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