ATK retains core, signs Indian youngsters

Taking a step towards building its team for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League, Atlético de Kolkata, today announced that the team has retained foreign players like Iain Hume, José Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri), Sameehg Doutie and Ofentse Nato from previous season.

Canadian striker Iain Hume will lead the line once again for ATK in the upcoming ISL season.   -  ISL Sportzpics

Taking a step towards building its team for the upcoming season of the Indian Super League, Atlético de Kolkata, today announced that the team has retained foreign players like Iain Hume, José Luis Espinosa Arroyo (Tiri), Sameehg Doutie and Ofentse Nato from previous season.

The team management also announced the new additions to the team from the domestic circuit. Riding the waves of popularity will be the Canadian striker, Iain Hume who scored 11 goals in ISL 2015, including two hat-tricks, and helped ATK reach the semi-finals. Bolstering the squad again will be Ofentse Nato and the very dynamic Tiri and Sameehg Doutie, who stole the show along with Hume in last season.

From the Indian players ATK will have the services of experienced Arnab Mandal for a third time in the defence and has retained central midfielder Jewel Raja. New additions such as Shilton Paul, Debjit Majumder, Pritam Kotal, Bikramjit Singh, Kingshuk Debnath, Bidyananda Singh Ningthoujam, Bikash Jairu, Dika, Robert Lalthlanumna and Prabir Das will add to the finesse on the pitch.

The inclusion of Bidyananda Singh, who is touted as the next big thing in Indian football, will definitely increase excitement among fans. Nicknamed Honda, the U-17 player from Manipur was spotted by Youth Academy Coaches from Barcelona, Manchester United and Inter Milan and was the most versatile player during the training camp at the Aspire Academy in Doha.

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