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Mohammedan SC bolster attacking options with signings of John Chidi and Azharuddin Mallick

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John Chidi celebrating a goal scored for Mohammedan SC

Mohammedan SC has signed John Chidi and Azharuddin Mallick to bolster their attacking option in the ongoing season of the I-League.

The Black Panthers have been part of the most number of scoreless draws in this season (3 out of 5 matches) and were in desperate need of more attacking options in the squad. After signing two defenders and a goalkeeper last month, Jose Hevia has finally sealed the deal for two forwards with one of them an experienced overseas poacher whilst the other is a young Indian forward with the ability to play across the forward line.

John Chidi is a Nigerian footballer who has spent most of his footballing career in India starting from 2003 when Mohammedan SC signed the striker. In his first stint with the club, Chidi scored 4 goals in 19 appearances and went on to play for some Indian footballing giants like Sporting Goa, Dempo, Mohun Bagan, Salgaocar, and East Bengal.

The 33-year old striker spent his prime years at Kolkata giants Mohun Bagan and East Bengal, scoring 21 goals in 39 appearances for Mohun Bagan and bettering that record at rivals East Bengal with 42 goals in 55 appearances.

Azharuddin Mallick is a West Bengal based forward and started his career with local club United SC before moving to Mohun Bagan where he spent five years. Making 31 I-League appearances, most of them from the bench, Mallick scored 4 goals in his time with the Kolkata giants before signing for FC Bengaluru United ahead of the 2020 I-League qualifiers.

Chidi scored a goal on his I-League debut for Mohammedan SC as his goal helped the Black Panthers trump Gokulam Kerala 2-1 while Mallick was an unused substitute and would be hoping to make his debut for the club against Indian Arrows on Sunday.