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Chennaiyin FC sign talented Manipuri goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz

Chennai, June 25, 2024 (TBB Bureau): Chennaiyin FC has bolstered its defensive unit by signing young Manipuri goalkeeper Mohammad Nawaz on a two-year contract ahead of the upcoming 2024-25 season.

A product of the AIFF Elite Academy, Nawaz was previously part of Mumbai City FC and FC Goa. He has earned a reputation as one of the most talented goalkeepers in Indian football with his remarkable performances.

Nawaz’s arrival marks an exciting addition to Chennaiyin’s squad alongside other goalkeepers Samik Mitra and Prateek Kumar Singh. The 24-year-old brings youthful energy and exceptional potential and is expected to make a significant impact in the upcoming season.

Nawaz began his professional career at the age of 18 with FC Goa’s reserve side in the I-League second division, where his excellent performance earned him a place in the main team. He was a vital cog in FC Goa’s Super Cup and ISL League Shield-winning campaigns in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Later, he moved to Mumbai City FC in 2021, with whom he won the League Shield in 2023 and the ISL title earlier this year. He has also represented India at the U-17 level.

Nawaz has played 83 matches so far in his professional career, keeping 23 clean sheets. In 65 ISL games, he has recorded 15 clean sheets and 150 saves. Known for his quick reflexes, composure under pressure, and impressive shot-stopping abilities, he has also saved three penalties in the ISL.

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