Mumbai City FC have retained Czech defender Pavel Cmovs and signed up Haitian striker Sony Norde for the Indian Super League (ISL) Football Season 2, commencing on October 3.
Pavel, who had an excellent inaugural season, comes in to strengthen the Mumbai team’s defense while Norde, who was the star striker scoring 11 goals for I-League champions Mohun Bagan last season, adds extra firepower up front, said a media release today.
The Nicolas Anelka coached side including India National team captain Sunil Chhetri will start their campaign against FC Pune City on October 5.
“I’m extremely happy and excited to be back for Mumbai City FC for season 2 of the ISL. The fans never gave up last year and I want to ensure that we give them more victories to cheer for this season,” said Pavel on being retained by Mumbai City FC.
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“I am extremely happy to have been signed for Mumbai City FC. I can’t wait to join my new team for the pre season training. The ISL is a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to helping Mumbai City FC achieve success,” said Norde on his move to play in ISL in the Mumbai franchise’s colours. Post his stint with Mumbai City FC in the inaugural season of ISL when he made 13 appearances, Pavel played for Rapid Bucuresti in defense.
The 6 ft 2 inch defender, who has represented his country at youth level (From u-17 to u-21), plied his trade in the top tier of PFC Levski Sofia in Bulgaria before appearing in ISL and enabling Mumbai City FC to keep six clean sheets in season
After a trial with Mexican side San Luis FC, Norde was able to secure a spot at Argentine club Boca Juniors and played for the reserve team. He made a good impression while playing for San Luis FC’s B team, scoring 8 goals. He was named Bangladesh Premier League’s (football) MVP of 2013-2014 when playing for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi.
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Norde has represented the Haiti national football team at both the youth and senior levels and made an appearance for the Haiti national team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup last week.