Kolkata giants East Bengal are set to rope in Ugandan defender Ivan Bukenya for the upcoming I-League term, Goal has learnt.
The 25 year-old, who last played for South African side Kaizer Chiefs, can play either as a defender or as a central midfielder. The Uganda international has an enviable resume to show off and, at first glance, it seems that the East Bengal management have pulled off a coup.
He was part of the Iraqi side Arbil SC who made it to the final of AFC Cup in 2012. The team made it to the knock-out stages of the next edition also besides winning the Iraqi Premier League. In 2013, he made a move to South Africa and has been plying his trade in the Rainbow Nation ever since.
The Red and Gold have already released British defender Calum Angus, who was hospitalized during the Bordoloi Trophy with Dengue.
Ivan is the second foreigner roped in by the club, ahead of a renewed push for the nation's top domestic championship, with the first being Haitian striker Wedson Anselme. The Calcutta Football League (CFL) Champions recently parted ways with their South Korean attacker Do Dong Hyun after prolonged negotiations, as well.
The I-League is all set to kick-off on 7th January, 2017.