The 28-year-old has signed a two-year deal with the Gaurs which will keep him at the club till 2022.

FC Goa defender Mohamed Ali has agreed to a two-year contract extension, Khel Now can confirm.  “Mohamed Ali has agreed for a two year contract extension with FC Goa,” a source close to the development revealed.

The 28-year-old has prior experience of playing for Dempo SC and NEROCA FC. He was also part of the NEROCA FC squad who were victorious in the 2nd Division I-League in 2017. Following that season, he signed for FC Goa, playing 12 games in the debut season. However, he has played as a second fiddle to Mourtada Fall and Carlos Pena since then.

Mohamed Ali had made only a single appearance for FC Goa during the 2019-20 season – which was a historical campaign for the Gaurs. FC Goa finished at the top of the table after the group stage, notching 39 points in 18 games and becoming the first Indian club to qualify for the AFC Champions League group stage.

Since the 2019-20 season finished, several domestic and overseas players have left FC Goa. Defenders Carlos Pena have retired while Mourtada Fall has left the club for greener pastures, similar to Ferran Corominas, Hugo Boumous, Mandar Rao Dessai and others. While FC Goa is undergoing a massive rebuilding process, the time might be ripe for Mohamed Ali to step up and impress the new FC Goa boss Juan Ferrando.

The 2020-21 season of the Indian Super League will be organized across three venues in Goa as a security measure in light of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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