Bengaluru FC retain key players

Bengaluru, June 4 (IANS) I-League runners-up Bengaluru FC on Thursday extended contracts of Eugeneson Lyngdoh and Joshua Walker among a host of other players who formed the core of the Blues’ successful second season.

The announcement was made a day after Bengaluru secured the signatures of North Korean striker Kim Seng-Yong and Manipuri Seiminlen Doungel.

Named the League’s midfielder of the 2014-15 season in which Bengaluru FC finished second behind Mohun Bagan, Lyngdoh penned a two-year extension that keeps him with the Blues till the end of the 2016-17 season.

“I am delighted to extend my stay at Bengaluru FC. I have much left to give the club and its fans and I am grateful that this new deal gives me the chance and the time to be able to do that.

“I have great teammates, inspiring coaches and amazing fans and cannot wait to make next season bigger,” said Lyngdoh.

Fellow midfielder Joshua Walker too was handed a one-year deal with the club with an option to add another year to it.

Youngster Shankar Sampingiraj, who was one of the League’s revelations this season, was awarded a new three-year deal.

Rino Anto, Lalchhuanmawia, Udanta Singh, Lalthuammawia Ralte, CK Vineeth and Beikhokhei Beingaichho have all been handed two-year deals while Siam Hanghal is on a one-year agreement with the club having the choice to extend it at the end of the season.

“It was important to retain the core of our team. The boys, owing to the performances they turned up with this season, were the subject of interest from many teams. But we are glad we have been able to retain them and that is a testament of the vision and work ethic of Bengaluru FC,” Bengaluru FC COO Mustafa Ghouse said.

“We wish the boys all the best for the coming season and have absolute confidence that they will only get better.”

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