Mumbai City FC on Saturday confirmed the signing of Jackichand Singh from Jamshedpur FC. The 28-year old returns to the Islanders for his second stint with the club, putting pen to paper on a two and a half deal.
In the ongoing 2020-21 edition of the ISL, the Manipur-born winger has appeared in all 12 games for Jamshedpur and has three assists to his name so far. One of the most experienced players in the ISL, Jackichand has 85 league appearances to his name and has turned out FC Pune City, Kerala Blasters FC and FC Goa as well.
Jacki, as he’s fondly known, made 8 appearances and scored once in his first spell with Mumbai City in the 2016 campaign of the ISL under then head coach Alexandre Guimaraes. The Indian international has also previously plied his trade under the Islanders’ current head coach Sergio Lobera during their time together at FC Goa.
"I'm thrilled to be back at Mumbai City FC. I am thankful to the management for giving me this opportunity to return to this big club and to work again with coach Sergio Lobera. I am acquainted with his philosophy, his style of play and I am aware of what he expects from me. I am also delighted to be playing again for the most amazing fans who gave me a lot of love when I was here a few years ago. I can’t wait to get going with my teammates and contribute towards our collective ambitions," Jackichand Singh said.
💥 HE'S BACK! 💥We're delighted to announce the signing of Jackichand Singh who seals a move to #TheIslanders! ⚡#JackiReturns #AamchiCity 🔵 @jackichand10 pic.twitter.com/ElxH02sl8d— Mumbai City FC (@MumbaiCityFC) January 23, 2021
"Jacki is a very good player. He is aware of our philosophy, and I am certain it won’t take him long to adapt to our style of play and settle in with his new family. We are glad to have him here and we are happy that he’s back at Mumbai City. He will be a valuable addition to our squad and we hope he can hit the ground running,” said MCFC head coach Sergio Lobera.
As a part of the transfer, Farukh Choudhary will move in the other direction, returning to his former club Jamshedpur FC. Everyone at Mumbai City would like to thank Farukh for his contributions to the Club and wish him the best for the future.
"Jamshedpur is like home to me and I am happy to be back here. I spent 3 amazing years with the club. The coach's trust in me was one of the biggest factors to join back the squad, and I hope to give my best to help the team qualify for the play-offs," Farukh said.
“Farukh is a fantastic player with scope to develop even further. He is already an Indian National team player and has pace and ability to both create and score goals and is an outstanding addition to our squad, he will help us immediately to challenge for the coveted play off positions and long term to build a team that will be challenging for honours on a yearly basis,” said Jamshedpur boss Owen Coyle.