Odisha FC strengthened their defence with the signing of Senegalese defender Mourtada Fall on a two-year deal, the club announced on Monday. Fall's arrival at the club marks a reunion with his former coach Sergio Lobera and promises to add a new dimension of strength to the team's defence.

The signing of the highest scoring defender in the Hero Indian Super League (ISL), with an impressive tally of 17 goals, highlights the club's ambition to compete at the highest level.

Fall's accomplishments in the Hero ISL are unparalleled, having left an indelible mark during his previous spells with FC Goa and Mumbai City FC. During his time with FC Goa, he played a pivotal role in securing the Hero Super Cup and the Hero ISL League Winners Shield, showcasing his defensive prowess and goalscoring ability.

Continuing his dominance at Mumbai City FC, Fall contributed significantly to the team's remarkable double-winning campaign, clinching the League Shield and the Hero ISL title. His defensive stability, leadership qualities, and keen eye for goal were instrumental in establishing Mumbai City FC as a force to be reckoned with in the league.

In addition to his domestic triumphs, Fall has also proven himself on the continental stage with his participation in the prestigious AFC Champions League. His experience competing against some of Asia's best clubs has honed his skills and provided him with a wealth of knowledge that will greatly benefit Odisha FC as they gear up for the upcoming season of the Hero ISL and the AFC Cup.

Foreign trio leave Hyderabad FC 

Hyderabad FC announced the departure of three foreign players - Joel Chianese, Borja Herrera and Javier Siverio on Monday to mark an end of an era at the club.

Chianese played 51 matches for the club scoring nine goals and providing four assists and was part of the Hero Indian Super League (ISL) winning team in 2021-22 season along with Siverio who scored some crucial goals for the club during his two-year spell with the club. 

In 45 games for Hyderabad FC, he netted 12 times and was the perfect foil for lead marksman Bartholomew Ogbeche. 

As for Borja Herrera, he spent just one season with the Yellow and Blacks but was highly influential as Manolo Marquez's men finished second in the league behind record-breaking League Shield Winners Mumbai City FC.