Left-back Manoj Mohammad has signed a long-term deal with Hyderabad FC. A product of East Bengal academy, Manoj played a pivotal role in taking Mohammedan SC to the I-League finale last season, where they eventually lost to Gokulam Kerala.

Manoj Mohammad played scintillating football for Mohammedan SC in the recently concluded I-League. That attracted the attention of the Hyderabad FC recruiters. With Manoj’s addition to the squad, Hyderabad FC now have a back-up in their left-back position.

“I am really happy to sign for this club at this stage of my career,” said Manoj, after penning his contract. “I can’t wait to get on the pitch and I promise to give my best in every training session and in every game,” he added.

About the player

Manoj Mohammad hails from East Bengal’s academy. In 2018/19, the now 23-year-old was Alejandro Menendez Garcia’s introduction to East Bengal’s senior side. He appeared 16 times in the I-League that season. The following year saw Manoj transform into a more mature player.

In the Durand Cup 2019, he appeared twice and played really well. In 2020, he joined Mohammedan SC and last year the club extended his contract as an outcome of his performance. Overall, the left-back has 50 appearances to his name. Also, he has registered two assists. This will be his debut in the Indian Super League.

Hyderabad FC’s preparations for ISL 2022/23

Hyderabad FC went on to win the Indian Super League Trophy last season. In May, Hyderabad FC extended Bartholomew Ogbeche’s contract. The forward went on to win the Golden Boot last season. Apart from Ogbeche, the club have also extended the stay of Akash Mishra, Joel Chianese and Sahil Tavora as well. Meanwhile, after the conclusion of the Santosh Trophy, the club acquired the services of Kerala right-back Soyal Joshy.

However, Hyderabad FC have suffered a big blow in the form of Asish Rai’s transfer to ATK Mohun Bagan. Midfielder Souvik Chakrabarti is also said to be in the radar of East Bengal. Head coach Manolo Marquez’s main concern would be to keep the previous season’s squad intact in order to acquire more accolades in the upcoming season.

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