Less than a month to go for the 2017 season of the I-League to commence, the Mumbai City FC duo of Anwar Ali and Sehnaj Singh have snapped up offers from the two Kolkata giants - Mohun Bagan and East Bengal.
Goal can exclusively reveal that 32-year-old Anwar Ali, who is a pivotal part of the Mumbai City FC's defense, has been signed by East Bengal. The 2012 Federation Cup champions who will be coached by Trevor Morgan have also signed the likes of Rowllin Borges, Jackichand Singh and David Lalrinmuana.
This is not the first time the defender will ply his trade in Kolkata. The former Mumbai FC centre-back has had two spells at Mohun Bagan - 2010-2012 and most recently in 2014 season.
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Anwar's ISL team-mate Sehnaj Singh however, switches I-League camps across town as he rejoins Mohun Bagan after a trying spell at East Bengal last season as he saw his playing time curtailed by injury which ultimately saw him drop down the pecking order in midfield.
The Punjab born midfielder joined the Red and Golds from Mohun Bagan and after just one season returns back to the 2015 I-League champions.
Both Anwar and Sehnaj however are still on ISL duty as their team Mumbai City FC have progressed to the play-offs for the very first time.