Salgacaor FC sign Zambian international Francis Kasonde

The defender played an important role in Zambia's African Cup of Nations victory in 2012 and has earned 36 international caps, having made his national team debut in 2005...

Salgaocar FC have roped in their marquee player in 27-year-old defender Francis Kasonde.

He last donned the colours of Hapoel Ra’anana A.F.C in the Israeli Premier League during the 2013-14 season.

With Douhou Pierre signed earlier in the summer from Pune FC, Kasonde becomes Salgaocar’s third foreign signing after the Greens renewed the contract of last season’s top scorer Darryl Duffy.

Kasonde has in the past played in several defensive positions, before being deployed as a defensive midfielder ahead of the African Cup of Nations. He brings with him rich experience having previously played in Saudi Arabia and Egypt with the highlight of his club career being, finishing runners-up to Inter Milan for TP Mazembe at the 2010 Club World Cup.

“I am delighted to move to India and join a club with such rich history," remarked the player after undergoing his medicals. “Winning trophies are extremely important in the career of every footballer and I hope to make a significant contribution to Salgaocar FC in their quest for silverware this season," the player added.

A visibly pleased coach Derrick Pereira had the following to say after a training session at the Duler Stadium. “Francis is a welcome addition to our squad and his experience of playing at the highest level should benefit us greatly at the heart of defense. I now have at my disposal almost an entire squad, which allows me to focus purely on the job at hand.”