The Flaming Oranje will now draw their expectations from new foreign recruit who is set to replace the team's highest goalscorer last season...Sporting Clube de Goa, after losing James Moga to Pune FC, have signed Cameroonian striker Bertrand Benik Tequwa Bong for I-League season 2012-13.
"We have signed him (Bong) for this season," the club's CEO Victor Fernandes revealed to Goal.com while also confirming that the club is skeptical of signing an Asian this term.
"Unless maybe the rules change, we are thinking not to sign an Asian player. We can play only three foreigners at a time, so keeping one foreigner on the bench does not make sense," he opined.
Meanwhile, the club's chief coach Soibam Ekendra Singh has admitted that he is impressed by the former Al-Shamal Sports Club player in the team's pre-season.
"The training is going on now. The foreign recruit from Cameroon (Bong) is very interesting. He is taking part in the training," he conceded.
|Moving on with the core retained|
"We have already retained [Ogba Nnanna] Kalu and Keita [Boubacar]. They will be arriving very shortly. Adil [Khan] is in the Indian [national team] camp," he added.
The Manipuri coach refused to comment on losing a striker of James Moga calibre, but stressed, "Even though some players go, it is our duty to work hard. I will try my best with the players."
Sporting Clube de Goa finished eigth in their last I-League campaign and Singh feels that his side has learned a very good lesson.
"We were in a very good position in the begininning. But nobody can say what will happen in football. You have to keep giving your best. It was a very good lesson for us, so hopefully now we can do better than last year."
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