Former India international Gouramangi Singh named FC Goa assistant coach; Victor Mongil signs for Kerala Blasters FC

Gouramangi Singh is the latest addition to FC Goa’s first team coaching staff following his appointment as Assistant Coach, the club announced his appointment through their social media handles, on Wednesday.

“I’m delighted to join FC Goa. Knowing the Club and the quality of their game, it’s a big step in the right direction as far as my coaching career is concerned. Goa is like a second home to me, having played in the state for several years. It feels really good to be back,” Singh said to fcgoa.in after signing on the dotted line.

“I spoke to Ravi [Puskur, Director of Football] and Carlos Pena [head coach] who gave me a clear idea of the club’s project. I was able to connect well with them, and that made it quite easy for me to make up my mind about joining FC Goa.

“I played my first-ever Hero ISL match against the Gaurs, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Fatorda. The stadium has a fantastic atmosphere and the fans love the club, and I’ve experienced that first-hand as an opponent. And now, I can’t wait to start working with FC Goa and hope to contribute positively to the club’s development.”

Ravi Puskur, the Club’s Director of Football also expressed his happiness in Gouramangi Singh’s appointment.

“Gouramangi is a well known name in Indian football who needs no introduction. In our club’s philosophy, we’ve always looked to promote up and coming coaching talent as part of the individual development we focus upon, and Gouramangi is no exception to that,” he said.

“The Head Coach and I spoke to him in detail and we felt he’d be a good cultural and coaching fit to the team. His vast experience in Indian football in various roles will be a significant asset to the Head Coach’s backroom staff and I’m sure with his addition, the players in the squad will also benefit from his presence and playing experience.”

A product of the Tata Football Academy, Gouramangi Singh played for some of the biggest football clubs in the country during his 15-year-long career. He is also one of the most decorated Indian footballers since the turn of the millennium, having won nearly every club trophy in India.

While at Dempo SC, Singh lifted the National Football League (NFL) and the Federation Cup in the 2004-05 season. The following year, he repeated the feat with Mahindra United. Between 2007 and 2012, the centre-back played for Churchill Brothers, with whom he won an I-League (2008-09), two IFA Shields (2009 and 2011) and two Durand Cups (2009 and 2011). He was also adjudged the Best Defender of the I-League in their title-winning season.

In 2010, Gouramangi Singh was named AIFF’s Best Men’s Player of the Year. Four years later, he made his ISL debut with Chennaiyin FC.

The Manipur-based footballer was also a part of one of the most successful Indian national squads in recent history, winning the Nehru Cup twice (2007 and 2009), and the AFC Challenge Cup and SAFF Cup in 2008. Overall, he has amassed over 70 appearances for the Blue Tigers.

In 2018, Singh turned to coaching full-time after hanging up his boots. An AIFF A Licence holder since 2019, the 36-year-old worked as the assistant coach of Bengaluru United in the past three seasons.

He played an important role in FCBU’s back-to-back success in the BDFA Super Division League, where they won the title in the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons beating the likes of Bengaluru FC. With him in the coaching team, the club also reached the semi-finals in their maiden Durand Cup campaign last year.

Kerala Blasters FC complete signing of Victor Mongil

The Tuskers have acquired the services of Spanish defender Victor Mongil from Odisha FC ahead of the upcoming Hero ISL 2022-23 season, the player will stay at the club till 2023, with an option to extend. The club announced the signing through their social media handles, on Wednesday.

The 29-year-old started his youth career with Spanish club Valladolid and went on to play for their B team before representing the main team in the 2011-12 season. He then played for different clubs in Spain including Atletico Madrid B prior to signing for Georgian professional club FC Dinamo Tbilisi in 2019. Victor helped Dinamo Tbilisi win the title in Georgia and also represented the club in the Europa League.

The experienced and versatile centre-back, who can also operate in midfield, signed for ATK in the January transfer window of the 2019-20 ISL season and was a key member of the ATK squad that won the title that season. Following a short summer stint back Dinamo Tbilisi after the 2020 season, Victor returned to Hero Indian Super League with Odisha FC in 2021. Recognized for his commitment and contribution both on and off the pitch, he was given the captain’s armband at Odisha FC. Victor also has the experience of representing the Spanish U-17 national team.

Commenting on Blaster’s second foreign signing Sporting Director Karolis Skinkys said, “Victor is an experienced ISL player, a team minded guy and player who can cover different positions. He showed high motivation to join our project and that's a very important factor. I wish Victor all best for the upcoming season”

“I am very happy to announce that I am officially a Kerala Blasters player. I am looking forward to being with my teammates and for a very exciting season to begin. Surely this year together with the fans and their return to the stadiums we will be able to fight for very nice things” said an excited Victor Mongil

Victor Mongil becomes KBFC’s second foreign signing of the summer after striker Apostolos Giannou, who was announced last week. Alongside Marko Lešković, who penned a two-year extension with the club this summer, the addition of Mongil will add versatility, experience and leadership to the Blasters defence.

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