Indian Super League (ISL) outfit Mumbai City FC announced the signing of Noufal P.N. The attacker joins the Islanders on a three-year contract that will see him wear the sky-blue colours until the end of the 2027 season.

The 23-year-old began his footballing journey with Basco FC before securing a transfer to his hometown club, Gokulam Kerala FC, in 2022. The Kerala-born footballer quickly made his mark on the squad, cementing his place as a starter through match-winning assists and goal contributions.

Noufal has showcased his skillsets across various tournaments in India, including the I-League, the Kalinga Super Cup, and the Durand Cup. Having a natural flair for attack, he is known for his quick pace on the wings. One of his biggest strengths is to create scoring opportunities for his teammates. In his time at Gokulam Kerala FC, he notched up 53 appearances, netting five goals and providing 14 assists, making him a valuable asset to the Islanders' attacking unit in the upcoming seasons.

Noufal P.N said:

"Mumbai City FC is one of the most successful clubs in India, and I am excited to join them. It's a dream come true for me to don the prestigious jersey and play at the biggest competitions. I'm eager to grow as a player and work with Coach Petr Kratky. I can't wait to join the squad and embark on this new chapter with the club."

Petr Kratky said:

"We were keeping a close eye on Noufal for a while, and I am delighted to welcome him to Mumbai City FC. His remarkable pace and skillful footwork in setting up goals for his teammates make him a valuable addition to our team. I am looking forward to having him in our squad and working with him."

FC Goa extend Nemil’s contract for three more years

Indian Super League (ISL) club FC Goa confirmed that midfielder Muhammed Nemil has extended his association with the club, putting pen to paper on a new three-year contract.

Hailed as one of the team’s brightest young talents since joining the Gaurs in 2020, Nemil will hence don the iconic orange shirt during the upcoming 2024–25 season and beyond.

The 22-year-old, who has played 33 matches and scored seven goals for FC Goa to date, expressed his enthusiasm about the extension: “I’m absolutely delighted to continue my journey with FC Goa. This club has become my second home, and I am excited about the future and what we can achieve together.

“I am grateful for the support from the fans and the management, and I’m committed to giving my best in every match and training session. We had a fruitful season last time, finishing third in the ISL League stage and reaching the Durand Cup and the ISL Cup semi-finals – and we want to create a bigger impact this time around,” he added.

For Muhammed Nemil, the journey with the Gaurs has been marked by significant milestones. After signing in 2020, he spent a season on loan with the Marcet Academy in Spain. His return saw him make an immediate impact, finishing as the joint-second top goalscorer in the Durand Cup 2021 as FC Goa emerged champions.

The youngster made his ISL debut later that year and has featured in all of the club’s Durand Cup, ISL, and Super Cup campaigns since then.

FC Goa head coach Manolo Marquez also shared his thoughts on the Kerala-based lad. “There is no doubt that Nemil is an exceptionally talented player. His ability to play with both feet and his powerful shots make him a significant asset.”

“The challenge for him now is to maintain consistency, but we believe in his potential to be a decisive player for us in the coming seasons. This extension reflects our confidence in his abilities and our vision for success and trophies,” the Spaniard concluded.

Bengaluru FC announce the departure of Shankar Sampingiraj

Indian Super League (ISL) club Bengaluru FC parted ways with defender Shankar Sampingiraj, the club announced through its social media outlets on Saturday.

Sampingiraj joined the Blues in the last summer transfer window and was featured in seven ISL games in the 2023–24 season. The 29-year-old defender had been a part of this team in his early days while the club was used to playing in the I League.

During his time with Bengaluru FC, Sampingiraj didn’t feature regularly, as he clocked only 447 minutes on the pitch. He averaged 30 passes per game, made five interceptions, and won 21 duels while helping his club keep a clean sheet.

However, Sampingiraj’s journey with the Blues comes to an end as the club decide to bid farewell to the defender.