Indian Super League (ISL) defending champions Mohun Bagan Super Giants have further strengthened their squad after announcing the signing of talented centre-back Anwar Ali to their ranks.
Ali, who has emerged as one of the best defenders in India in the recent times has also cemented his place in the Indian national team and has forged a formidable partnership with former Mariner Sandesh Jhingan.
The defender has featured 16 times for the Blue Tigers and has also produced a goal for the side.
Ali, 22, is considered as one of the best defenders when it comes to playing it out from the back and possesses a league passing accuracy of 82% and had made the most successful passes (1080) in the previous ISL season.
Ali expressed that it was always his dream to wear the green and maroon jersey and is now looking forward to playing in the Kolkata derby.
“I had a childhood dream to play for one of the football giants in Kolkata and Mohun Bagan is one of the oldest clubs in India. Many of our football legends played for this club. It’s going to be exciting to sport the Green & Maroon jersey in the coming season. I got many messages from the fans and I am overwhelmed to know about their interest in me,” Ali was quoted as saying by ISL.
“MBSG has got a great team with some fantastic footballers. I will get opportunities to learn a lot from them. It’s a challenge for me to get accustomed to a great team like this. I want to give my best to make everyone happy,” he added.
About playing in the Kolkata Derby, Anwar said: “It’s my dream to play and win the Kolkata derby. I have won championships for the Indian team, but have never won any championship for any club team. This season, I want to become a member of the champions for Mohun Bagan. They have got a team like that,” he concluded.