Mumbai FC sign Chika Wali as third foreigner
I-League side Mumbai FC Tuesday confirmed the services of Nigerian defender Chika Wali for the 2014-15 season.
Mumbai: I-League side Mumbai FC Tuesday confirmed the services of Nigerian defender Chika Wali for the 2014-15 season.
He became the third foreigner after Japan’s Taisuke Matsugae and Brazil’s Josimar da Silva to have agreed to play for the Mumbai-based club.
The 26-year-old Wali has made over 100 appearances in the past seven years in the I-League. His previous clubs include at Pune FC, United SC and Salgaocar SC.
"I am excited to play for Mumbai FC. I have heard a lot about the city and I know that the city is very passionate about football," he said in a release Tuesday.
"The coach is building a very good squad. Also, I am aware that the club will be playing at it's home ground after a four-year hiatus which will really have a positive impact on our performances. It is a great opportunity and I'm looking forward to having a fantastic season here."
Mumbai FC coach Khalid Jamil also expressed his happiness at bagging the experienced player.
“He is a very important signing for us. Chika is a player with the character and dedication to do extremely well. He brings his powerful physique and athleticism to the game and is very strong in the air - a must for a central defender,” he said.