Kolkata, Sep 26 (UNI) East Bengal today unveiled South African World Cupper Mashangu MacDonald Mukansi and Cameroonian international Njoh Jean as the their two foreign recruits for the season 2007-08.
Club's main sponsor Kingfisher's spokesperson Amit Sen today introduced the two players and said if they fulfilled the requisition after the necessary medical tests they would be drafted into the side for the whole season.
Mukansi, nicknamed ''Scooter'', is a hard runner who has incredible pace down the wing and known for his short range passing.
He is an utility player and can play as attacking midfielder, winger and striker.
Mukansi has played for the South Africa national football team and was a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
He has played for a few clubs of South Africa, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Russia which includes Jomo Cosmos, Supersport United, Paralimni, CSKA Sofia, Lokomotiv Sofia, SKA-Energya Khabarovsk, Manning Rangers and Amazulu.
Mukansi was adjudged the Most Valuable Player of South African League in the 1997-98 season. He was also adjudged the Best Foreign Player of Bulgarian League in 2000-01 season.
Speaking to UNI Mukansi said, his most prized moment was appearing in Busan World Cup in 2002 which gave him the opportunity to rub shoulders with the likes of Roque Santa Cruz, Raul and Roberto Perez.
Jean, who speaks French, and plays for Manning Rangers in South Africa is a thorough striker and an opportunist.
He said, ''I have played in the Turkish side of Cyprus for their top club Kaimagli. '' ''I had gone for trials to Galatasaray and the coach took me in the second team. He asked me to go and play in the Turkish side of Cyprus. If I did well he will take me. I was the best scorer for Kaimagli, but then the coach was gone. So I went back to play in South Africa,'' Jean said.
The duo are hopeful of a good performance here in India. ''I wanted to play for the best club in India and my agent told me East Bengal is one of the best. So I agreed and that they will play in Asia was also a factor,'' Mukansi said.