I-League: Lalthuammawia Ralte joins East Bengal

Lalthuammawia Ralte NorthEast United FC Bengaluru FC ISL 4 2017/2018
Ralte will join the Kolkata giants from FC Goa after having completed his loan spell with Kerala Blasters...

Goalkeeper Lalthuammawia Ralte will join the ranks of East Bengal for the upcoming I-League season.

He is set to have a tough task in hand to get first-team action though, with Rakshit Dagar establishing himself as the first choice for coach Alejandro Menendez.

The Mizoram-born keeper had started the 2018-19 season with FC Goa. After struggling to displace young Mohammed Nawaz as the first choice, he joined Kerala Blasters on a loan deal in the January transfer window.

In 2011, he helped Shillong Lajong FC reach the semi-finals of the 2011 Federation Cup. He joined Bengaluru FC in 2014 and in his debut season with Bengaluru, he made 20 appearances and played a key role as the Blues won the I-League. On 4 February 2015, Mawia made his AFC Champions League debut against Johor Darul Ta'zim at Larkin Stadium Malaysia before being picked in the 2015 Indian Super League draft by North East United FC.

East Bengal have had a busy transfer window as they have already signed Naorem Tondomba Singh and Pintu Mahata along with Abhishek Ambekar from arch-rivals Mohun Bagan. Jaime Santos extended his stay with the Red and Golds till the 2021 season while Kassim Aidara has also signed for another year.