Naocha Singh has joined SC East Bengal on loan from Mumbai City FC

    On Monday, SC East Bengal confirmed the arrival of Naocha Singh, an I-League winning defender on loan from Mumbai City FC till the end of the 2021-22 Indian Super League season.

    Signing Naocha Singh

    Naocha, a Manipur native, was instrumental in Gokulam Kerala winning the I-League in the 2020-21 season, playing every minute for the Malabarians. Previously, he was instrumental in the team’s successful 2019 Durand Cup campaign.

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    The full-back, who can play on either wing, started his career with NEROCA FC’s development program before moving on to TRAU FC before returning to NEROCA for the 2018-19 I-League season.

    “I am looking forward to turning out for SC East Bengal. It is such a prestigious club and has such rich history. I will try and help the team this season and also get important minutes under my belt,” said the 22-year old.

    Head Coach Mario Rivera said: “Naocha Singh is a strong defender with impressive qualities, and we are very happy to have him with us SC East Bengal. At a very young age, he has tasted success and also knows what it means to play big clubs in India.”

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    Upcoming Match

    SC East Bengal was forced to employ youthful midfielder Amarjit Singh Kiyam as a makeshift right-back in the Kolkata Derby against ATK Mohun Bagan due to Ankit Mukherjee’s hamstring ailment and Joyner Lourenco’s injury.

    Under Mario Rivera, Amarjit had also played as a right-back in a few games. He is also SC East Bengal’s fourth signing of the January transfer window. The Red and Golds have had a bad start to the Indian Super League’s 2021-22 season, with only one win in 14 games.

    Despite leading 1-0 at one point, they were blasted 3-1 in the Kolkata Derby in their previous match. On Wednesday, SC East Bengal will face Chennaiyin FC at Tilak Maidan Stadium.

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