In reinforcing their squad, Sporting Clube de Goa (SCG) are excited to announce the signing of left back N. Mohan Raj from the recently disbanded Mumbai Tigers, at the SCG office Head-quarters in Campal, Panjim, .
“It is a fantastic moment in my career to be signing for the Flaming Oranje. I would like to thank the SCG President Mr. Peter Vaz, Manager Angelo Albuerquerque, Coach Oscar Bruzon and the players for making me feel welcome,” stated Mohan Raj.
Mohan Raj is Just 18 days shy of his 25th birthday, but has already clocked up substantial playing time after initially starting his career with HAL.
He enjoyed a very successful stint with Mohun Bagan where he won the Federation Cup in 2008, followed up with the ONGC Super Cup and runner-up in the I-League in 2009. He also won a hat-trick of Kolkata league titles with the Red and Gold.
Last season with Pune FC he picked up yet another I-League runner up medal and is determined to go one step further with Sporting Goa.
The highlight of Mohan Raj’s career so far, was lifting the Nehru Cup with the Indian national team in 2009.
He has also proven leadership qualities, having been the captain of the India U-18 team that toured Germany and played against the Academy teams of VfB Stuttgart, FC Augsburg and Munich 1860, before participating in the U-19 AFC Cup tournament in Iran, in 2007.
“Mohan Raj is a respected national player. He has fitted in comfortably with the rest of the squad which is very important and I feel he has the intelligence to pick up our game model very quickly,” reasoned Sporting Goa Coach Oscar Bruzon.
In international football he models himself on Chelsea and England left back Ashley Cole and hopes to show consistency like his idol.
“This is an exciting day for all of us, as we are confident Mohan Raj will be an asset to the squad,” remarked Sporting Goa President Peter Vaz. “We may look to bring in another player before the transfer window closes,” added Peter.
Hailing from Tamil Nadu, Mohan Raj is a huge Rajnikanth fan and by the end of the season he hopes to be dancing all the way to the title.