ISL 2020: Mumbai City rope in Senegalese defender Fall for 2-year term

Indian Super League franchise Mumbai City on Sunday signed Senegalese defender Mourtada Fall on a two-year contract.The 32-year-old centre-half started his playing career with Moghreb T touan, 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 featured under then coach Sergio Lobera.

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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 really 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 ISL 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, earning the tag of a goal-scoring defender.

“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 and for the passionate fans of Mumbai City.

“We have a fantastic group here and some very talented youngsters,” Fall said in a statement issued by the club