Bartholomew Ogbeche signs contract extension; Jamshedpur FC complete signing of defender Muhammed Uvais
Hero ISL veteran and Golden Boot winner Bartholomew Ogbeche continues his stay with champions of the Hero ISL 2021-22 season - Hyderabad FC, the club announced his contract extension through their social media handles on Friday.
The striker was quick to add his flair in the Hero ISL in his debut campaign in the 2018-19 season where he scored 12 goals for NorthEast United FC. Since then, Ogbeche has been a powerhouse for several clubs and remains to be one of the most prolific forwards Hero ISL has ever witnessed.
From 🇳🇬, coming back to rule in 💛🖤 again!— Hyderabad FC (@HydFCOfficial) August 5, 2022
👑 The king of the @IndSuperLeague, Bart Ogbeche, is ready to defend our fort at Hyderabad... 💪#TheKingIsBack #BartStays #మనహైదరాబాద్ #HyderabadFC pic.twitter.com/sDE6MWSln8
Having contributed to 10+ goals in each of his Hero ISL season, the 37-year-old joined the Yellow and Black at the start of the 2021-22 season after achieving success with Mumbai City FC and Kerala Blasters FC.
Golden Boot winner of the 2021-22 campaign with 18 goals and one assist to his name, Ogbeche also became the all-time leading goalscorer in the Hero ISL history with 53 goals, overtaking Sunil Chhetri while doing so.
An unparalleled asset under head coach Manuel Marquez, Ogbeche’s goalscoring brilliance coupled with his off-the-ball skills have been highly influential for the young Hyderabad side.
The Nigerian remains the only player alongside Ferran Corominas to feature twice on the list for most goals by a player in a single season of the Hero ISL, and is the lone Hero ISL player to be featured in the FIFA Team of the Season in the Rest of the World category.
Jamshedpur FC complete signing of defender Muhammed Uvais
Hero ISL League Shield Winners, Jamshedpur FC, have added Muhammed Uvais in their defensive department as the club continues building the squad for the upcoming Hero ISL season. The left-back will be seen in red until 2025, the club announced his signing via their social media handles, on Friday.
The 23-year-old didn't miss a single game last season and lifted the I-League 2021-22 title with Gokulam Kerala FC. Not only did he score a goal, but he also had three assists to his name in the I-league. Uvais played all three games in GKFC's debut AFC Cup campaign. He was also a part of FC Bengaluru United.
Uvais said, "It has been a good year for me, winning the I-league last season and now joining the CHAMPIONS OF INDIA! Playing in the Indian Super League is a dream come true, and the Red Miners at the Furnace make it extra special. I believe this is the right step for me in my career as I look forward to working with a club and a coach who has a great track record in developing young players.
"Uvais was one of the heroes in the championship campaign of Gokulam in the I-League. He has all the traits, running down the flanks, crossing, physical presence, tackling, etc. which make him a great addition to the squad. He is mentally strong, and we hope he will challenge for a starting eleven place in every game," said Aidy Boothroyd.
Muhammed Uvais will join the squad in Jamshedpur for the pre-season in mid-August, donning jersey number 16.