The Indian football giants East Bengal have roped in Uganda international Ivan Bukenya for the upcoming I-league season. East Bengal, who already have added Haitian striker Wedson Anselme in their squad will be mightily happy with the arrival of Bukenya.
“We are pleased to announce the signing of Ugandan International defender Ivan Bukenya for our next I-League campaign,” reads part of a confirmation statement posted to East Bengal’s official website.
The 25 year old is a tall defender who can also play at the centre of the midfield. He was part of the Iraqi side Arbil SC who made it to the final of AFC Cup in 2012. The team made it to the knock-out stages of the next edition also besides winning the Iraqi Premier League. Then he joined South African side Kaizer Chiefs and now he has made a move to East Bengal, which can be considered as a massive accomplishment for the Kolkata club.
He currently was training with Ugandan side Proline FC, from where he started his career and is out of football for almost half an year since he parted ways with Kaizer Chiefs. He has made 8 appearances for the Uganda national team and is expected to succeed with East Bengal.
East Bengal under their coach Trevor Morgan will be making another push for the I-league, which they haven’t won since the 2003-04 season. They have already released two of their former international recruits, Callum Angus and Do-Dong Hyun.
The tall defender is also confident about winning silverware for his new club. “I am confident about winning as wherever I have gone, I have won,” he said at the club tent after arriving in Kolkata.
I-League starts from 7th January and the vast East Bengal supporters will be hoping for a better outing this season and will be expecting their team to win the championship.
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