Odisha FC sign goalkeeper Kamaljit Singh on a two-year contract

Shot-stopper Kamaljit Singh has signed a two-year deal with Odisha FC, the Bhubaneswar-based club announced on Tuesday. The 24-year-old made his Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL) debut with FC Pune City in the 2017-18 season before going on to establish himself as their first-choice goalkeeper during the following campaign. Hero ISL 2019-20 saw him make 12 appearances in goal for Hyderabad FC.

“I am extremely delighted to be a part of Odisha FC and am grateful to the club management for showing interest in me. I am looking forward to playing in Bhubaneswar and hopefully will be able to contribute to the team’s cause from the back,” Kamaljit said after putting pen to paper for Odisha.

Odisha FC President Mr Rohan Sharma also welcomed Kamaljit. “I am happy to have signed Kamaljit. He will bring a lot of experience to our goalkeeping position. While he did not have the best of seasons last year, we know the ability Kamaljit possesses and we are confident he can not only give competition to Arshdeep (Singh), but eventually regain his form and go back to the national team. I am sure Kamaljit will work hard to prove the doubters wrong,” he said.

Kamaljit began his footballing journey with the All India Football Federation (AIFF) Academy. He then signed for Sporting Clube de Goa and made his debut at the Durand Cup. Kamaljit also represented Minerva Punjab before joining FC Pune City ahead of Hero ISL 2017-18. The 24-year-old has also been a part of the senior national squad for the King’s Cup, the Intercontinental Cup and the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match against Bangladesh last year.

The acquisition of Kamaljit by Odisha is just the latest addition to their squad after the club had announced the signings of fullback Geroge D’Souza as well as defensive duo Hendry Antonay and Saurabh Meher last week.

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