Pune, 12th July: Indian Super League side FC Pune City fortified their defence by signing India international left back Narayan Das and Goan centre back Augustin Fernandes for the 2016 edition of the league.
Tata Football product Narayan Das started his career at AIFF side Pailan Arrows He later moved to Dempo SC and last season played for East Bengal. Das played for FC Goa in the first two seasons of Indian Super League. Augustin Fernandes started his career at Sesa Academy and later moved to Salgaocar FC. The defender played for Atletico de Kolkata last season in the Indian Super League.
FC Pune City CEO Gaurav Modwel said, "Augustin is a good defender with great natural talent. His reading of the game and match situation is very good. Narayan is one of the finest left backs that we have in the country today. He possesses good technical ability and can be dangerous going forward. Both are proven performers at the national and international level and I am sure they will form an integral part of our defense this year."
Head coach Antonio Habas felt both Narayan and Augustin will add great value to the team formation. "Narayan is a good left back and has the ability to go forward in the attacking positions which is a fantastic attribute to have. Augustin is a very versatile defender who can adapt to different situations and can own any position in defense given to him."
Both Narayan and Augustin were excited joining their new ISL outfit. "FC Pune City has built a good team under the guidance of Coach Habas and I look forward to making my contribution and helping the team win ISL this year," said Narayan.
Augustin, who will join Arata Izumi and coach Habas again said, "Its always a pleasure to work with coach Habas. I am thankful to FC Pune City and coach Habas for giving me this opportunity to take a new challenge."
Co-owner and Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan welcomed the duo. "Both Narayan and Augustin's addition will strengthen our defence. With their skill and experience we will aim to be the best in the league."