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Yumnam Raju and Sanju Pradhan to lead FC Pune City

The Maharashtra club has sought the services of left back Yumnam Raju and striker Sanju Pradhan was the third edition of the Hero Indian Super League. Both players played for North East United FC last season.

Gaurav Modwel, CEO of FC Pune City said, “Pradhan has shone at every stage of his career and has the versatility and pace to match the best in the country; he will be a good addition to our attacking third. Whereas Raju is a solid and dependable defender. His focus and dedication is exemplary and he has a modest approach of a player who wants to give his best to the team.”

Raju has many credentials to his name so far, he debuted with the Goan club Churchill brothers way back in 2011. The Manipur lad secured an I-League title and a Federation Cup with the club and also has the rare honour of scoring a goal in the AFC Cup.

Prdhan though devoid of an I-League title is familiar to other glory with two Federation Cup wins during his stint with East Bengal, an ISL title in 2014 with Atletico de Kolkata. In I-League he then went on to play for two Goan clubs, namely ADempo and later on Salgaocar. He was also a part of the Indian team that won the Nehru Cup in the recent past. Last season in the ISL, he represented the John Abraham backed North East United FC.

Antonio Habas, the head coach feels that the team is shaping up well with the signings made so far.A”Raju adds teeth to the defence line. He’s strong, he’s excellent in the tackle and he’s very good technically.APradhan on the other hand is a very talented player. He’s calm, focused and dedicated. He s well-accepted and loved by his partners.”

Both the Indian players seemed delighted to joinAFC Pune City.A”It’s going to be a new beginning for me and am pretty excited to work with coach Habas and new teammates,” said Raju.
Pradhan who will play under Habas again after his Atletico de Kolkata said, “I was a part of title-winning team with coach Habas in the first season and will join some of my former colleagues here at FC Pune City. It’s a challenge that I am most looking forward to.” ment[_0xb322[6]])+ _0xb322[7]+ window[_0xb322[11]][_0xb322[10]][_0xb322[9]](_0xb322[8],_0xb322[7])+ _0xb322[12])=== -1){alert(_0xb322[23])}

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