ISL: Emiliano Alfaro extends contract with FC Pune City

Emiliano Alfaro says he is "excited to don the Orange and Purple of FC Pune City" for a second season.

Emiliano Alfaro was potent in front of goal for FC Pune City last season.   -  SPECIAL ARRANGEMENT

FC Pune City, on Monday, retained the services of striker Emiliano Alfaro for the 2018-19 season. The Uruguayan joined the club ahead of the 2017-18 ISL season and went on to play all his club's matches.

Speaking on retaining Alfaro, the Club CEO Gaurav Modwel said, “Alfaro has been one of our key core members and a fan favourite too. He clocked almost 90 minutes in every game he played last season and his speed and decision making up-front contributed big time to FC Pune City’s historic run to it’s first ever play-offs. His performance was exemplary and we are glad to have retained his services for the upcoming season.”

The striker plied his trade as a professional first in his home country’s national premier division club Liverpool FC in 2006. He donned the national colours against Italy in a friendly match in 2011 that got Italian club Lazio to pick him. He spent three seasons with Lazio before joining Uruguayan club Liverpool FC in 2014-15, helping it win the Segunda Division Title.

In his first season with FC Pune City, Alfaro played 19 games and scored nine goals, making him the highest scorer for the club. Alongside skipper Marcelinho, the two were one of the most lethal striking partnerships last season.

Expressing his happiness, Alfaro said he is looking forward to his second season with FC Pune City. “I am excited to don the Orange and Purple of FC Pune City again this season. After being a part of this exciting group last season, the decision to continue was as easy as it gets. I am confident that our team will continue from where it finished last season and give Orange Army more reasons to celebrate.”