All of the players have signed short term deals with the Ahmedabad-based side.

2nd Division League outfit ARA FC have signed Indian youngster Sreekuttan, former Mohammedan SC forward John Chidi and Guinean versatile defender Camara Aboubacar Bakia for the upcoming 2nd Division League mini tournament, Khel Now understands.

“John Chidi, Camara Bakia and Sreekuttan have joined ARA FC on a two months deal. Sreekuttan has an option to sign a longer deal if ARA manages to reach the I-League,” a source close to the development at ARA FC revealed.

John Chidi, who joins ARA FC on a free transfer, had previously plied his trade at league rivals Mohammedan Sporting in the league during the 2019-20 season. The Nigerian forward scored six goals in as many games before the tournament came to a standstill due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Camara Aboubacar Bakia is an experienced center back from Guinea and played for various Omani second division sides between 2013-2018. In the 2018-19 season, he played for Transport United in the top flight of Bhutan and went on to represent them in the qualifiers of AFC Cup in the 2019 edition of the tournament.

On the other hand, youngster Sreekkuttan hails from Kerala and has represented FC Kerala in the 2019-20 season. The 21-year-old, who primarily plays as a right winger, scored a solitary goal in six games, which came against Kerala Blasters reserves. He has also scored one goal in five games in the Kerala Premier League.

ARA FC, Bhowanipore FC, FC Bengaluru United, Mohammedan Sporting Club and Garhwal FC have confirmed their participation and the tournament will be played in West Bengal in September. The schedule and the format regarding the same has not been released yet.

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