I-LEAGUE Media Team

NEW DELHI: Mumbai FC announced the signing of Nigerian Center Back Chika Wali for this season. The 26-year-old becomes the third foreign player after Japan’s Taisuke Matsugae and Brazil’s Josimar da Silva to have put pen to paper to play for Mumbai FC.

Mumbai FC Head Coach- Khalid Jamil – was very happy to have added the Nigerian to his squad. “He is a very important signing for us. Chika is a player with the character and dedication to do extremely well. He brings his powerful physique and athleticism to the game and is very strong in the air – a must for a central defender.”

Chika Wali has made over 100 appearances in the past seven years in the I-League. His previous clubs include two stints at Pune FC, Chirag United and Salgaocar.

On completing his signing Wali said, “I am excited to play for Mumbai FC. I have heard a lot about the city and I know that the city is very passionate about football.”

He added, “The coach is building a very good squad. Also, I am aware that the club will be playing at it’s home ground after a four-year hiatus which will really have a positive impact on our performances. It is a great opportunity and I’m looking forward to having a fantastic season here.”