The Asian Age

Ker­ala Blasters sign up Barisic, Orji

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Ker­ala Blasters have signed striker An­drew Barisic and mid­fielder Penn Orji to bol­ster their squad in the in­au­gu­ral In­dian Su­per League. Both play­ers have prior ex­pe­ri­ence of play­ing in In­dian con­di­tions.

Aus­tralia- born Baris­tic, who is of Croa­t­ian de­scent, started his pro­fes­sional ca­reer with the Mel­bourne Knights. The 28- year- old rep­re­sented East Ben­gal briefly last year after leav­ing Arema In­done­sia.

He played for Hong Kong first di­vi­sion league club South China last sea­son, be­fore another stint in In­dia.

Nige­rian im­port Penn has been play­ing in In­dia since 2009. He made his de­but for the now dis­banded JCT in 2009 and was part of East Ben­gal from 2010- 2013.

The 23- year- old played for now rel­e­gated Mo­hammedan Sport­ing Club in the I- League last sea­son. Blasters, owned by Sachin Ten­dulkar and PVP Ven­tures, had al­ready signed seven play­ers from the in­ter­na­tional cen­tral draft pool held on Au­gust 21 here, be­sides rop­ing in mar­quee player cum man­ager David James.

“An­drew is a wel­come ad­di­tion to the team, with pre­vi­ous ex­pe­ri­ence in not only In­dia, but dif­fer­ent coun­tries and cul­tures. A reg­u­lar goal scorer, he will be a cru­cial mem­ber of a very com­pet­i­tive squad,” James said.

“We are de­lighted to sign them. Their skills and ex­pe­ri­ence will help us bol­ster our front­line at­tack,” as­sis­tant coach Trevor Mor­gan stated.

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