The northern outfit have continued their signing spree and will be serious challengers this season, at least by the look of it.
Northern powerhouse Minerva Punjab FC
complete the signing of German-born Senegalese Attacking Midfielder Kassim Aidara for the upcoming Hero I-League season 2017-18. 30-year-old Kassim Aidara who was born In Germany holds dual citizenship of France and Senegal. The Attacking Midfielder who will marshall the Pide of Punjab's midfield honed his skills at Germany's Jenfelder SV, SC Concordia von 1907 and France's Ligue 2 regulars Paris FC in his initial days.
He was soon roped in by New Zealand's Wellington United AFC nicknamed The Diamonds, which competes in The Capital Premier League. After a successful spell at the Island nation, he moved back home to Germany's Niendorfer TSV which played in Hamburger Oberliga. The following season he signed for Hamburg based USC Paloma playing in the same league. He later moved on to Lüneburger SK Hansa in Northern Germany to play in the Regionalliga Nord.
His rock-solid performance soon earned him a call from Estonian Esiliiga club JK Tallinna Kalev where he spent a season but his stay was cut short by City Top flight team JK Sillamäe Kalev and FCI Tallinn who signed him for country's top flight Meistriliiga for the following two separate seasons. However, he returned back to JK Sillamäe Kalev for the 2017 season after which he was North India's I-League
Club Minerva Punjab FC came knocking.
It would indeed be a treat to watch the midfield duo of Kassim Aidara and former Middlesbrough FC's U-23 midfield sensation William Opoko in the upcoming season of the Hero I-League.
If rumours are to be believed Hero I-League is set to begin from the first week of November, Northern heavyweights who are the only representative of the region in the top flight of India Football are on a signing spree as they boost their defensive backline with 28-year-old Côte d'Ivoire defender Guy Eric Dano for the upcoming season.
Guy Eric Dano joins from Ligue 1 (Top Division of the Fédération Ivoirienne de Football) team Jeunesse Club d'Abidjan who boost the likes of former Côte d'Ivoire Goalkeeper Vincent Angban and Guinea National Team striker Demba Camara.
Previously the team from Punjab announced the signing of Japanese midfielder Toshiya Hosoe from Maldivian Premier League Champions Maziya SC, Belarusian attacker Dzmitry Kowb from Meistriliiga (Estonia Top League) team JK Narva Trans FC, and 20-year-old Ghana Junior National Team & Middlesbrough FC's U23 midfield sensation William Opoku Asiedu.