Indian Super League (ISL) club Odisha FC has roped in defenders Sahil Panwar and Sebastian Thangmuansang ahead of the upcoming season.
Sahil joins the Kalinga Warriors on an undisclosed fee from Hyderabad FC. The 21-year-old has signed a two-year deal with an option to extend for a third year. The move will be officially completed once the Indian transfer window opens this summer.
"Odisha FC is a club which always promotes young footballers. I am extremely delighted to sign here and looking forward to playing for the club. I wish to play for India and hope the club provides me an opportunity to show my potential in the upcoming season of the ISL," Sahil said.
After making his professional debut for FC Pune City in the fourth edition of the ISL, the Dehradun-born left-back played for Pune City and Hyderabad FC in 37 matches. He has represented the country in various age-group tournaments and also captained Team India in the 2017 SAFF (South Asian Football Federation) U-18 Championship.
Manipuri right-back Sebastian, 22, joins Odisha FC after winning the I-League title with Gokulam Kerala FC. He has penned a two-year contract with the club. He had earlier played for NEROCA and Chennai City FC in the I-League after his youth career at Pune.
"I am really excited to be a part of Odisha FC and continue my football journey with them. I hope to repay the trust shown on me by the management, give my best for the team and make the fans happy. Can't wait to meet my new teammates and start training with them," he said after putting pen to paper.
Speaking on the new signings, Odisha FC CEO Rohan Sharma said, "We are happy to welcome Sahil and Sebastian to the club. Despite his young age we see Sahil as a veteran having played in the ISL for the last couple years. We think OFC will be a good place for him to compete to make an impact on defense."
"We've been tracking Sebastian for the past two years and we are glad he's finally joined the team," he added.
Raj Athwal, Odisha FC's president, said he was glad the club has signed ''two of the most promising defenders in the country''.
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