MUMBAI CITY FC announces the retention of Czech defender Pavel Čmovš and signing on of Haitian striker Sony Norde for the Indian Super League (ISL) Season 2. Pavel, who had an excellent inaugural season, comes in to fortify the Mumbai City FC defense and Sony Norde to add that extra firepower at the front.
Post his stint with Mumbai City FC in the inaugural season of ISL, Pavel Čmovš, the Czech footballer played for Rapid București in defense. The 6 ft 2 inch defender has represented his country at youth level (From u-17 to u-21) and prior to joining Mumbai City FC, plied his trade in the top tier of Bulgaria, playing for PFC Levski Sofia. Pavel has made 13 appearances for Mumbai City FC in the first season. He is a no nonsense defender and a rock in the defense and has helped Mumbai City FC win 6 clean sheets in the first season.
After a trial with Mexican side San Luis FC, Sony Norde, the Haitian footballer was able to secure a spot at Argentine club Boca Juniors and played for the reserve team. He made a good impression while playing for San Luis FC's B team, scoring 8 goals. He was named Bangladesh Premier League’s (football) MVP of 2013–2014 when playing for Sheikh Jamal Dhanmondi. Sony Norde has represented the Haiti national football team at both the youth and senior levels. He made an appearance for the Haiti national team in the CONCACAF Gold Cup last week. Sony Norde was arguably the pick of the foreign players in last season's I-League, scoring 11 goals in 25 appearances for the Champions Mohun Bagan.
On being retained by Mumbai City FC, Pavel Čmovš said,
“I'm extremely happy and excited to be back for Mumbai City FC for season 2 of the ISL. The fans never gave up last year and I want to ensure that we give them more victories to cheer for this season.”
On joining the team and being a part of ISL, Sony Norde said,
“I am extremely happy to have been signed for Mumbai City FC. I can't wait to join my new team for the pre season training. The ISL is a new challenge for me and I am looking forward to helping Mumbai City FC achieve success.”
The Nicolas Anelka coached side including India National team captain Sunil Chhetri will start their campaign against FC Pune City on 5th October, 2015.