FC Pune City have roped in attacker Dudu Omagbemi on loan from East Bengal, the franchise confirmed today.
The former Sporting Clube de Goa and Salgaocar player already had his first practice session with the team on Monday and will be the fourth striker to join the ranks after David Trezeguet, Ivan Bolado Palacio and Joquiam Abranches.
Dudu who joined East Bengal a couple of months ago, scored eight goals in six matches to help his team win the Calcutta Football League. The forward, who can also play in a withdrawn role, scored two hat-tricks and ended the campaign as the highest scorer alongside Koko Sakibo.
“It feels good to be a part of FC Pune City. The training methods are different from what I am used to, but I am hopeful of adjusting to this very quickly. The team looks in good shape and I am happy to be training under a great coach and playing with talented players,” he said after signing on the dotted lines.
“We needed another forward as currently Abranches is injured. It’s good that we have got our fourth forward in the form of Dudu. He is fast and is technically sound and can play alongside Trezeguet and can also be a good change for him,” Franco Colomba, the former Napoli coach, who is now managing the Pune franchise remarked about the new recruit.
Gaurav Modwel,the CEO of the franchise also expressed his delight after securing Dudu's services.
“We are very happy to have signed Dudu, who is in great form, with extensive experience of Indian conditions and Pitches. Dudu has capabilities of changing the course of any game. He showed everyone he is in fine form during the Calcutta Football League, which East Bengal won. With his inclusion to FC Pune City, we cannot wait to see him in action for the Indian Super League,” he said.
FC Pune City have won all their pre-season matches so far, including clashes against the likes of ONGC and I-League counterpart Pune FC.