Mumbai City sign promising defender Hmingthanmawia

Mumbai City FC have completed the signing of 19-year-old defender Hmingthanmawia, popularly known as Valpuia, from former Hero I-League champions Aizawl FC, the club announced on Monday. He has been handed a two-year contract by the Islanders’ management.

Born in Mizoram, Hmingthanmawia came up through the ranks at the Aizawl youth setup and was promoted to the senior team in September 2017. He made 10 appearances in the Hero I-League 2017-18 in his debut season with the club, playing primarily as a centre back, but also filled in as a defensive midfielder when required. He also played five matches in Aizawl's AFC Cup campaign.

The Hero I-League 2018-19 season saw him turn up for the side on 15 occasions as Aizawl finished 7th in the table. In his second season as a professional, the youngster played mostly as a right back, exhibiting his versatility as a player.

The transition to the Hero ISL with the Islanders will be a big step for the youngster, who will look to impress whenever given the opportunity.

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