Penn Orji’s proposed move fell through after he failed to obtain an Indian visa.
Mohun Bagan have signed young Nepalese international Bimal Gharti Magar as the replacement for the departed Sony Norde, the club have confirmed.
Bimal have became second Nepali international to signed for I-League club this week, earlier this week Minerva Punjab FC confirmed the signing of Kiran Chemjong.
The 19-year old has haad trials at big European clubs like FC Twente in Holland. He also went on to appear for Anderlecht’s U-15s in various tournaments like the AEGON Future Cup, Ten Brinke Bouw Tournament, and the Nuenen Tournament.
He, later on, went on to sign for Anderlecht and spent a year at the club in the 2014-15 season and went on to play the Copa del Agatha for them. He scored two goals as Anderlecht finished as runners-up in the tournament.
Bimal is also the youngest player to have represented the Nepal national team, having debuted at the age of 14 for their senior team in 2012 during a match against Bangladesh. He recently had been playing at the top level for Nepal’s Thee Star Club and has been given a lot of responsibility in being named as Norde’s replacement.
This might come as a surprise for some Bagan fans, who expected experienced midfielder Penn Orji to be Norde’s replacement. But, it is understood that Orji had problems obtaining his Indian visa and the move fell through.
Bimal will be arriving to the city tomorrow and will take part in training from January 29th. He could be in contention for selection in the Mariners game against Shillong Lajong next week.
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