The defender scored a goal in Ryntih colours.

Former Kenkre FC centre-back, Banpynkhrawnam Nongkhlaw who played in the recently concluded I-League 2021-22 season has signed for Kolkata-based outfit Southern Samity.

A source close to the development informed Khel Now, “Nam (as he is popularly known) has signed for Southern Samity for the Calcutta Football League.” The source added, “His contract is from June to August.”

After an underwhelming I-League journey with Kenkre FC, the 24-year-old centre-back has decided to play in Kolkata. His former side Kenkre FC ended their I-League campaign at the bottom of the table with just 12 points. The journey remained witness to three wins and three draws in 17 matches. Akhil Kothari’s side scored just 11 goals. In return, they conceded 25.

About the Player

Banpynkhrawnam Nongkhlaw hails from Meghalaya. Popularly known as Nam, the central defender can also play as a right-back. This year, in February, Nam joined Kenkre FC. In the I-League, he played 13 matches in total. In his career, the defender has played for clubs like Churchill Brothers, Ryntih Sports & Cultural. For Ryntih S&C, Nam also scored a goal.

Southern Samity’s previous CFL campaign

Last year, the Calcutta Football League was divided into two groups – A and B, respectively. Southern Samity was a part of Group A, but their performance wasn’t promising. The side failed to register a single victory in the campaign. Unfortunately, they lost all their five matches. In the process, they scored only four goals. The club will expect to yield a better performance this time out.

The Calcutta Football League is expected to commence from June itself. However, there may be delays as well. Meanwhile, the Durand Cup is reported to start on August 16. As per the reports, the tournament may kick off with the Kolkata Derby.

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