ISL 2020-21: Mumbai City FC sign defender Mourtada Fall on two-year deal

Ahead of the 2018-19 season, Fall linked up with his former coach Lobera and made the switch to the Indian Super League with FC Goa.

Press Trust of India October 18, 2020 15:20:12 IST
ISL 2020-21: Mumbai City FC sign defender Mourtada Fall on two-year deal

File image of Mourtada Fall. Image Courtesy Instagram mourtadaf87

Mumbai: Indian Super League franchise Mumbai City on Sunday announced the signing of Senegalese defender Mourtada Fall.

He has signed a two-year contract.

Fall said, "I have had the fortune of playing under coach Sergio Lobera twice before. When the opportunity of joining him again came by and at a club like Mumbai City, I did not have to think twice."

"He knows me very well both, as a player and as a person, and I am ready to give my best for him, for this huge club."

Head coach Sergio Lobera said the defender was a thorough professional.

"It is a huge statement from our club to have signed Mourtada. He's a player I know quite well. Mourtada is a thorough professional on and off the pitch and even with all his experience, he always wants to learn more and become better.

"A player of his calibre is hard to find and we're very happy that he's chosen to join us here at Mumbai City," the head coach said.

The 32-year-old centre-half started his career with Moghreb Ttouan, featuring for the Moroccan club over three spells, during which he also won the Botola Pro 1 in 2011-12.

In the second of his three stints with Moghreb in 2014-15, Fall played under then coach Sergio Lobera.

Over the course of his career, Fall has also represented Kuwait's Al-Arabi SC and Morocco's Wydad Casablanca with the latter being a highly successful spell, winning the double in 2016-17 as Wydad won the Botola Pro 1 and the CAF Champions League.

Ahead of the 2018-19 season, Fall linked up with his former coach Lobera and made the switch to the Indian Super League with FC Goa.

Since then, Fall has proven to be one of the top defenders in the division, winning the 2019 Super Cup and the 2019/20 ISL League Shield.

Fall has also scored nine goals and provided three assists in 43 appearances over two seasons.

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