Mumbai: Former India football captain Climax Lawrence and striker Mohammed Rafi have been retained by their I-League club Mumbai FC for the upcoming edition of the championship, starting January 17.
Both players were a part of the victorious Atletico de Kolkata squad in the recently concluded Indian Super League.
Lawrence, who retired from international football in 2012, is well past his prime and Rafi didn't score a single goal in his 10 appareances for ATK.
Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil, one of the youngest in the elite league is however happy to get the services of the duo for another season.
"These two players were precious assets last season. Rafi is a very good player with an attacking nous. He can provide as well as score. He adds depth to our forward line," Jamil said.
He added,"Everyone who follows Indian football knows how good Climax is. He brings in so much experience with him. He is a very humble person and he shares helps the youngsters in improving their game."
On getting back with the Mumbai FC squad Rafi said,"I had a great time last season. It was a great experience playing under a coach like Khalid Jamil. I look forward to a fantastic season."
A delighted Lawrence said,"This will be my second season at the club. I am happy to continue here."