Mumbai City FC bid farewell to six players

Defender Mohamad Rakip, Spanish forward Igor Angulo, Brazilian forward Diego Mauricio, Brazilian midfielder Cassio Gabriel, Australian midfielder Bradden Inman, and Indian goalkeeper Vikram Singh have left Mumbai City FC after the culmination of their respective contracts, the club announced on Tuesday.

Forming a significant chunk of manager Des Buckingham’s squad last season, the six players have played a major role in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) 2021-22 season where they finished fifth in the league table, falling short of qualifying for the semi-finals by three points. They also played a big hand in Mumbai City FC's AFC Champions League campaign where they finished second in their group.

One of the key players in the list, the Islanders roped in was Hero ISL 2020-21 Golden Boot winner Igor Angulo, signed from FC Goa ahead of the 2021-22 campaign. The Spaniard might have not achieved success with the team but contributed the most to his side as he ended up as the top scorer for them at the end of the season with 10 goals in his kitty.

Brought in as a replacement for the outgoing Ygor Catatau in the winter transfer window of the 2021-22 campaign, Brazilian forward Diego Mauricio made a good impact given his limited minutes on the pitch, racking up three goals in seven matches in the Hero ISL 2021-22. The striker also came in clutch in his side's debut AFC Champions League campaign where the striker scored two crucial goals, helping them do a double against Iraqi side Air Force Club. 

Signed as a loanee from Brazilian club Vila Nova FC ahead of the 2021-22 season, attacking midfielder Cassio Gabriel was a starter in almost every game. The Brazilian racked up a goal and provided five assists besides having the second-most shots on target (15) for his side.

Another player to get signed ahead of the 2021-22 campaign, Australian midfielder Bradden Inman joined the Islanders from Kolkata side ATK Mohun Bagan. The 30-year-old was not a regular starter but thrived after coming off the bench. Inman finished the 21-22 season with two assists to his tally.

Having made nine appearances in their double-title winning campaign, defender Mohamad Rakip joined the club two seasons back, ahead of the 2020-21 season. Rakip had limited gametime under the helm of manager Des Buckingham, featuring in just four games.

After impressing in the youth circuit of Mumbai City FC, goalkeeper Vikram Singh was promoted to the senior team ahead of the Hero ISL 2020-21 season. Although a historic and outstanding campaign for the Islanders, the 28-year-old didn't get a chance to make his debut for the senior team.

After a rather disappointing Hero ISL campaign, Mumbai City FC appear to be pressing the reset button ahead of the new season, looking to mould the squad in Buckingham's identity. 

The Islanders though have quite a rebuilding job in front of them after seeing a host of players depart the club. 

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