East Bengal have followed up the recent capture of Ryuji Sueoka with the signing of South Sudanese striker James Moga, who plied his trade with Pune FC last season.
The Kolkatan outfit, which ran out of steam in the title race last season due to lack of goals upfront, seems to have gone a major way towards rectifying that issue for next season.
Santosh Bhattacharya, General Secretary of East Bengal, told Goal, “Yes I can confirm that James Moga has signed up with us for next season. He is a great addition to our strike-force and joins on a one-year contract.”
“We have thus completed our quartet of foreign signings, as we recently signed Ryuji Sueoka, and had retained Chidi Edeh as well as Uga Okpara,” he further added.
Having scored 16 goals for Pune FC last season, Moga was a hot property during this transfer window, attracting interest from Mohammedan Sporting and Salgaocar, before finally signing up with the Red and Gold Brigade.
The East Bengal General Secretary also revealed that Robin Singh had asked for a release from the club, and quashed rumours of Raju Gaikwad asking for the same. He stated, “Yes, Robin Singh has requested to be released from the club, as he wants to go elsewhere. Club officials shall meet tomorrow to decide on the issue. Raju Gaikwad though has not asked to be released by the club.”
“We have the two foreign strikers, alongwith Manandeep Singh, Baljit Sahni and Len Doungel, and we don’t think we need more players upfront,” he continued.
Bhattacharya also gave an update on the hunt for a new coach at the club. He said, “Well we have finally short-listed 3 candidates for the post, and will be making a decision in the next week.”
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