Goan I-League club Salgaocar have struck a deal with 28-year-old Cameroon striker Calvin Mbarga.
Mbarga, who has been playing in Australia for the last few years, is the third foreign member in the Greens’ squad for the season ahead, with Darryl Duffy and Martin Scott agreeing to sign on the dotted line earlier.
The attacker has plied in tried his trade in four countries till now – Cameroon, Canada, UAE and Australia. His Australian stint started with South Australia Super League club Western Strikers, scoring 12 goals in 17 matches for them. He later represented Campbelltown City and Adelaide Blue Eagles in the same country. His last club was Hume City, which plays in National Premier Leagues Victoria.
Though he had been sounded out by Adelaide United and Newcastle Jets, Mbarga, who also is a close friend of Samuel Eto’o, failed to earn an A-League contract.
With the signing of Mbarga, Salgaocar have signed three foreigners none of whom are marquee players.
“Firstly, I am delighted to be in India, a country I have heard so much about. I am grateful to the management of Salgaocar FC for this opportunity. I have heard a lot about the I-League and I am looking forward to giving it my best and hopefully bringing honours to the club. I am excited and raring to go,” revealed an enthusiastic Mbraga, as he looks forward to his Indian sojourn.
Club general secretary, Adlear D’Cruz, seemed peased with the capture, commenting, “We have been monitoring Calvin closely over the past year and believe he will be a good addition to the squad. Besides, having acquired his Australian citizenship, he fills the Asian quota for us.”