New Delhi, Sep 18: Indian Super League (ISL) side Delhi Dynamos on Sunday announced the signing of Senegalese striker Badara Badji and young Indian defender Lalruatthara for the third edition of the football tournament. [Full schedule of ISL 2016]
Head coach Gianluca Zambrotta said both the players will certainly add more depth and value to the squad.
"Badji has been part of the Dinamo Zagreb team and has also scored few goals which talks about his quality as a striker. His ability to put the opposition defence under pressure and score crucial goals will help us a lot in the season," Zambrotta said.
"Lalruatthara is an exciting young talent and his addition will bring in more energy and speed to the squad which obviously will be very crucial for us in the season ahead."
The 22-year-old Senegalese, who operates mainly as a striker but is also very effective in the Number 10 role, is the final foreign acquisition by Dynamos and arrives at the club from Golden Lions Soccer Academy, Ghana, and is known for his fiery pace and good ability in the air.
Badji, who made his debut for the Golden Lions in 2014, was sent out on loan in the same year to the Croatian giants Dinamo Zagreb, where he played for their B team in the tier two of the Croatian Football League. He has scored a total of six goals in 29 matches for the club across all competitions.
"I am really thrilled to have been given this opportunity of joining the club and look forward to my stint in the Hero ISL. I had the chance to follow few games of the league last season and was really impressed by the quality of the football," Badji said.
Mizoram lad Lalruatthara joins Dynamos from Aizawl F.C. on loan. He made his senior debut with Luangmual FC in 2012, where he stayed for a year before signing up with Mizoram Premier League club Chanmari FC in 2013.
He made his first appearance in the I-League in 2015 after joining newly promoted Aizawl F.C. The 21-year-old defender who is one of the developmental signings for the club will be making his debut in the country's premier soccer league.