Gokulam Kerala FC sign Manipur defender Shoib Akhtar

Kozhikode, July 16: Gokulam Kerala FC have signed Manipur defender Shoib Akhtar for the upcoming season. The defender, who plays as left-back also, played for Neroca FC last season.

The 21-year-old started his football career with the Goan club SESA Football Academy and has represented the club in Goa Professional League, and Hero Elite League 2018-19.

He was roped into the I-League side Neroca FC and started 10 matches for the Manipur club last season. He is known for his defensive skills, and also speedy runs.

“Gokulam Kerala FC have always supported young players and I see joining the club as a major step in my football career. There are several players from Manipur in the team and I believe I would be able to make a mark in the team,” said Shoib Akhtar.

“He is a good player and will be an asset to our club in the future. We need to increase our squad depth and prepare well for the I-League and AFC Cup. We wish Shoib all success at the club,” said VC Praveen, the president of Gokulam Kerala FC.

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