FC Pune City adds Dudu Omagbemi to its squad for ISL

Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Pune City have added a fourth striker to its squad in the form of attacking center forward from East Bengal Dudu Omagbemi.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 29, 2014, 21:16 PM IST
FC Pune City adds Dudu Omagbemi to its squad for ISL

Pune: Indian Super League (ISL) franchise FC Pune City have added a fourth striker to its squad in the form of attacking center forward from East Bengal Dudu Omagbemi.

They already have after David Trezeguet, Ivan Bolado Palacio and Joquiam Abranches in their ranks.

The Nigerian who has been playing in India since 2001, has come on board with FC Pune City on loan, and is renowned for his attacking game and amazing fitness.

Dudu has scored eight goals in his last six appearances for East Bengal this year.

Dudu is known to be one of the most prolific strikers in the I-league, working wonders for his previous clubs on numerous occasions.

While playing for the Indian football league he had many great successes with Sporting Clube de Goa, with whom he played for eight seasons, becoming the league's top scorer. He scored 73 goals in 89 appearances for his club.

"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," said Dudu after finishing his first training session with the team.

The striker is a valuable buy for the club, as he is acclimatised to playing in Indian conditions, and can be lethal as a forward with his East Bengal teammate Joquiam Abranches as seen in the past.

He will also be a valuable support to the team's other two forwards Spaniard Bolado and marquee signing Trezeguet.

The charismatic football player rejected an Olympic call-up in 2008 to put his career back on track and joined the three-time Hungarian champion Debreceni VSC.

After playing for clubs in Hungary and Finland, Dudu signed for I-League side East Bengal this August for a one-year deal.

"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," said head coach Franco Colomba.

Gaurav Modwel, CEO, FC Pune City said, "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."

FC Pune City have showcased impeccable form in the friendlies winning three back-to-back matches against Deccan Rovers FC, ONGC and i-league team Pune FC respectively.