New Delhi: Indian Super League (ISL) side Delhi Dynamos FC on Sunday announced the signing of Senegalese striker Badara Badji and young Indian defender Lalruatthara to their squad for the upcoming season.
Head coach Gianluca Zambrotta feels that both the players will certainly add more depth and speed to the squad and their addition will add great value to the team.
"I am really glad to have both the players in my squad and I am really looking forward to working with both the players. Badji has been part of the Dinamo Zagreb team and has also scored few goals which talks about his quality as a striker.
"His ability to put the opposition defence under pressure and score crucial goals will help us a lot in the season, while Lalruatthara is an exciting young talent and his addition will bring in more energy and speed to the squad which obviously will be very crucial for us in the season ahead," Zambrotta said.
The double signing will not only further reinforce the New Delhi-based side’s attacking option but will also strengthen the defensive line of the newly built Lions squad.
The 22-year-old Senegalese, who operates mainly as a striker but is also effective in the Number 10 role, is the final foreign acquisition by Delhi Dynamos FC and arrives at the club from Golden Lions Soccer Academy, Ghana and is known for his fiery pace and ability in the air. He has scored six goals in 29 matches for the club across all competitions.
"I am really thrilled to have been given this opportunity of joining the club and look forward to my stint in the Hero ISL. I had the chance to follow few games of the league last season and was really impressed by the quality of the football. It is a good league and I feel it is the perfect platform for me develop more as a player and prove my worth in a different league," Badji said.
Mizoram lad Lalruatthara joins from Aizawl FC on loan. He made his senior debut with Luangmual FC in 2012, where he stayed for a year before signing up with Mizoram Premier League club Chanmari FC in 2013. He made his first appearance in the I-League in 2015 after joining newly-promoted Aizawl FC. The defender who is one of the developmental signings for the club will be making his debut in the country’s premier soccer league.
"This is my first time in the ISL and I am very excited to be part of Delhi Dynamos. It is a huge opportunity for me to prove my worth and show everyone my capability as a player. I am looking forward to the new season and hope to learn a lot from the coach and my teammates," the 21-year-old Lalruatthara said.