New Delhi: Defending champions ATK Mohun Bagan have made a significant addition to their squad by signing talented center-back Anwar Ali, the club announced on Sunday. Ali, who has emerged as one of the best defenders in India, has solidified his position in the national team and formed a formidable partnership with former Mariner Sandesh Jhingan.
With 16 appearances for the Blue Tigers and even a goal to his name, Ali has established himself as a key player on the national stage. Last season in the Indian Super League (ISL), the 22-year-old was a vital presence in the FC Goa team, featuring in every match of the season for the Gaurs. He contributed with one goal and two assists.
Ali is renowned for his ability to play out from the back, making him one of the top Indian defenders in this aspect of the game. With a passing accuracy of 82%, he excels at delivering precise passes and was even the player with the most successful passes (1080) in the previous ISL season.
Expressing his delight, Ali stated that it had always been his dream to don the green and maroon jersey and that he now looks forward to playing in the Kolkata derby. “I had a childhood dream to play for one of the football giants in Kolkata, and Mohun Bagan is one of the oldest clubs in India. It’s going to be exciting to sport the Green and Maroon jersey in the coming season. I am overwhelmed by the fans’ interest in me,” Ali said.
He added, “ATK Mohun Bagan has a great team with fantastic footballers. I will have opportunities to learn a lot from them. It’s a challenge for me to adapt to such a formidable team, but I am determined to give my best and make everyone happy.”
When asked about his aspirations for the Kolkata derby, Ali expressed his dream of playing and winning the prestigious match. “It’s my dream to play and win the Kolkata derby. While I have won championships with the Indian team, I have yet to secure a championship with a club team. This season, I want to become a champion with Mohun Bagan. They have the team for it,” he concluded.
With the addition of Anwar Ali, ATK Mohun Bagan aims to further strengthen their squad and defend their Indian Super League title in the upcoming season. Fans eagerly anticipate seeing Ali in action as he brings his exceptional defensive skills and determination to the team.