Iranian Midfielder signed by East Bengal FC

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Omid Singh, Iranian born Indian origin midfielder, has been signed by East Bengal for two-year deal. As Omid said himself that India coach Igor stimac has shown interest in him. He called him and he accepted to play for India.

The 28-year old was raised in Iran, but his father holds an Indian passport, which makes him eligible to represent the Indian national team. India strictly does not allow dual passports and only the people with Indian passport are allowed to represent the nation in international competitions.

Omid has signed with us for two years. He will join us once the next season starts,” East Bengal top official Debabrata Sarkar said. The 29-year-old left-winger, who originally hails from Punjab, currently plies his trade for Naft Masjed Soleyman FC in the Persian Gulf Pro League.

“I liked to play for Iran national football team, but I was not invited to Team Melli. At the moment, Iran are one of the best teams in Asia and it’s hard to be part of the team. Mr Stimac called me and I accepted to play for India,” Singh told the Tehran Times.

Iranian football Midfielder Omid Singh who plays for Esteghlal Khuzestan in persian gulf pro league. He was born in Iran and currently he is ready to play in Indian team.

“I liked to play for Iran national football team, but I was not invited to Team Melli. At the moment, Iran are one of the best teams in Asia and it’s hard to be part of the team. Mr Stimac called me and I accepted to play for India,” Singh told the Tehran Times.

“I am not familiar with the Indian football team but I know that they have progressed a lot in recent years. David James, Robert Pires, Nicolas Anelka, Roberto Carlos and Zico have played in Indian league in the past years,” he added.

“India are a rising team in Asia and can compete with the continent’s giants. The team will not surely lose to South Korea with six goals. They have invested in the development of football in the recent years,” Singh stated.

“Many Iranians are unhappy with my decision, but I am going to make them proud. My father is an Indian, however, I was born in Iran,” he concluded.

On I-league East Bengal are placed at second from 23 points in 16 matches. With four rounds Mohun Bagan have already won the title to spare and have 13 point lead. But I-LEAGUE is suspended for the time being due to COVID-19.

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