Indian Super League 2016: NorthEast United sign Katsumi Yusa
NorthEast United Football Club today signed midfielder Katsumi Yusa for the upcoming edition of the Indian Super League.
New Delhi: NorthEast United Football Club on Monday signed midfielder Katsumi Yusa for the upcoming edition of the Indian Super League.
The agile and athletic footballer, who hails from Japan, had displayed unrivaled form in I-league, playing under the Mohun Bagan AC, and became one of the most prominent faces in Indian football fraternity.
Excited about the new addition to the team, John Abraham, Owner of NEUFC said, "It feels amazing to welcome Katsumi Yusa to NorthEast United Football Club. I have personally followed his game in the past few years and am completely convinced he would prove as our ace secret weapon in critical situations.
"In the Indian football scenario, Katsumi Yusa is a name that needs no introduction. Participating in key championships like Federation Cup, AFC Cup, I-League, he has always risen above challenge, outperforming himself at every critical match. With his appointment, we are affirmative for a spectacular show at the upcoming edition of ISL."
Yusa debuted in 2007, playing for Sanfrecce Hiroshima in the J League Division 1. Following his transfer from San Lorenzo, he joined ONGC in January 2011, scoring his first goal in India against Hindustan Aero on 9 April, 2011.
Joining Mohun Bagan AC on 1 May 2013, Yusa has established himself as a strategic and strong midfielder.
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