Bengaluru FC may still be reeling from the draw against Mohun Bagan that saw them concede their I-League title to their rivals at the Kanteerva stadium last Sunday, however, the club have made their intentions clear that they seek to retain it next year by making urgent strides in the Indian transfer market, much to the pleasure and felicity of their fans.
Kim Seong-Yong and Seminlen Doungel, both key personnel for the North-eastern sides of Royal Wahingdoh and Shillong Lajong respectively, have put pen-to-paper and will now represent the southern Blues in the upcoming 2015-16 season.
It has been noted that DPR Korean Kim has signed a one-year deal whilst Doungel, a blossoming prospect, has inked a two-year deal.
Yong is no stranger to the Indian football front having signed for Royal Wahingdoh after having a successful stint with the then I-League club Rangdajied United. He represented the Royals in what was to be a stellar season for the club finishing third in their very first season, in the top division, under Santosh Kashyap as Kim became an integral part of the attack. He scored five goals, the most amongst his striking partners.
Reveling in his new contract, Kim was bubbling as he spoke to the official Bengaluru FC media portal. "I am extremely happy to have signed for Bengaluru FC. I consider myself lucky to have been given a chance to play for a club like this. They have done an amazing job on and off the pitch over the past two years. I am looking forward to playing under the guidance of Ashley Westwood and the rest of the staff, and I will do my best to contribute towards the team's success on all fronts," expounded the 28-year-old.
Meanwhile, Shillong Lajong may have escaped relegation in the 2014-15 season by a fine margin, yet the performances of Seminlen Doungel, who scored one goal in 15 games for the Reds, had caught the eye of Bengaluru FC personnel. Swiftly moving in to sign the fledgling, the former I-League champions have bolstered their attack with brimming potential.
"It makes me happy to say that I am part of Bengaluru FC. It's a club where I know I will improve as a player and I cannot wait to be a part of wonderful things the club does," elucidated an ecstatic 21-year-old Doungel, who is a former East Bengal player to boot.
Expressing his delight at the capture of two of their most coveted targets this season, Mustafa Ghouse, Bengaluru FC CEO enunciated, "Kim and Len are both very talented players and have been on our radar for some time now. We are certain the fans will be happy to see them in the BFC blue next season, just as we are.”
“We would also like to thank Sean Rooney whose contribution to the club in our first two season has been immense and we wish him all the best for his future endeavours," he graciously added, wishing the now Oaksleigh Cannons striker in Australia.
Bengaluru FC had a stellar 2014-15 season, where they captured the last Federation Cup, whilst finishing second in the I-League. They also impressed on their Asian travels in the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) Cup, where they were knocked out, ultimately, in the pre-quarters after having a stunning group run.
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