Odisha FC rope in Sahil Panwar from Hyderabad FC, Sebastian Thangmuansang from Gokulam Kerala FC
Odisha FC are delighted to announce the signing of defenders Sahil Panwar and Sebastian Thangmuansang ahead of the upcoming eighth edition of the Hero Indian Super League (Hero ISL).
Coming on board from Hyderabad FC for an undisclosed transfer fee, 21-year-old Sahil has signed a two-year deal with an option to extend for a third year. The move shall officially be completed once the Indian transfer window opens this summer.
Sahil has represented the country in various age-group tournaments and also captained Team India in the 2017 SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) U-18 Championship.
22-year-old right-back from Manipur, Sebastian, who recently won the Hero I-League title with Gokulam Kerala FC, has also signed a two-year contract with the Club. He had also represented NEROCA and Chennai City FC in the Hero I-League after his youth career at Pune.
Speaking on the new signings, Odisha FC CEO Mr Rohan Sharma commented, "We are happy to welcome Sahil and Sebastian to the club. Despite his young age we see Sahil as a veteran having played in the Hero ISL [previously for Hyderabad FC and FC Pune City]. We think OFC will be a good place for him to compete to make an impact on defense. We've been tracking Sebastian for the past two years and we are glad he has finally joined the team."
"We are delighted Sahil and Sebastian have agreed to join Odisha FC. They are two of the most promising defenders in the country and add further depth and quality to the team," said Club President Mr Raj Athwal.
Expressing his delight, Sahil said, "Odisha FC is a club which always promotes young footballers. I am extremely delighted to sign here and looking forward to playing for the club. I wish to play for India and hope the club provides me with an opportunity to show my potential in the upcoming season of the Hero ISL."
Sebastian, meanwhile, stated, "I am really excited to be a part of Odisha FC and continue my football journey with them. I hope to repay the trust shown in me by the management, give my best for the team and make the fans happy. Can't wait to meet my new teammates and start training with them."