Pune FC sign Ryuji Sueoka, Luciano Sabrosa for season
Mumbai: Pune Football Club have signed Japanese medio Ryuji Sueoka and Brazilian defender Luciano Sabrosa for the upcoming 2014-15 I-League season, the club announced on Thursday.
Sueoka joins Pune FC after spending the previous season with East Bengal, while Sabrosa has spent the last season with Mohammedan Sporting.
Both players bring in their long-standing experience of the Indian circuit and are the first foreign recruits to be signed under new coach Karim Bencherifa.
Incidentally the duo was also part of the Salgaocar FC side which won the I-League under Bencherifa in 2011-12, the club stated in a media release.
The club`s operations head, Chirag Tanna, said: "We are very glad to have signed Ryuji and Luciano for the 2014-15 season. Both players have won the I-League and Federation Cup and that experience will be invaluable to our young squad."
"Both are good players, and above all good humans too. And their experience will help, guide the youngsters at Pune FC," said head coach Bencherifa.
Sueoka will be the third Japanese player to play for Pune FC after Arata Izumi (2009-12) and Daisuke Nishiguchi (2012-13) while Sabrosa is the second Brazilian after Edmar Figueira (2009-11) to wear the club`s colours.