FC Pune City drafted striker Kean Lewis, defenders Wayne Vaz, Lalchhuanmawaia Fanai, midfielders Adil Khan, Baljit Sahni and Jewel Raja among other players at the recently concluded Indian Super League season 4 player draft.
Lewis, who scored 4 goals in 11 appearances with Delhi Dynamos last season was picked in Round 2. Adil Khan, a strong centre-back played for Churchill Bros. last season besides having played for Dempo, Mohun Bagan and Sporting Club De Goa in his 14 years of playing career. Baljit Singh Sahni will join forces with Jewel Raja in the midfield. Baljit represented Chennaiyin FC last season while Jewel Raja was with Atletico De Kolkata.
Team CEO Mr. Gaurav Modwel who was present at the draft alongside head coach Antonio Habas was a satisfied man. “The players we have picked are not big name we are aiming to create a core team which will be ours for next couple of years, we want to create our own marquee players and we will focus on developing more players,” explained Mr. Modwel.
“Young players are hungry and eager to learn new things, I believe they will be a turning point for the team. We will focus on developing the youngs and develop them,” expressed Habas, Head Coach, FC Pune City.
FC Pune City earlier had retained young goalkeeper Vishal Kaith and inducted their Academy’s bright forward Ashique Kuruniyan from last season. The club followed it by signing Uruguayan striker Emiliano Alfaro.
FC Pune City Drafted players:
Goalkeeper: Kamaljit Singh
Defenders: Harpreet Singh, Nim Dorjee Tamang, Lalchhuanma Wia Fanai, Gurtej Singh, Wayne Vaz, Pawan Kumar
Midfielders: Ajay Singh, Rohit Kumar, Jewel Raja, Baljit Sahni, Adil Ahmed Khan, Isaac V Chhakchuak
Forward: Kean Lewis
Retained Players: Vishal Kaith (Goalkeeper), Ashique Kuruniyan (Forward)
Foreign player: Emiliano Alfaro (Forward, Uruguay)
Drafted players round wise:
R2 Kean Lewis
R3 Adil Khan
R5 Jewel Raja
R6 Nim Dorjee
R7 Isaac Vanmalsawma
R8 Harpreet Singh
R9 Wayne Vaz
R10 Kamljit Singh
R11 Baljit Sahni
R12 Rohit Kumar
R13 Ajay Singh
R14 Gurtej Singh
R15 Pawan Kumar
The Indian Super League kicks off on 17th November and will take place for a duration of 4 months this year.