FORMER NIGERIA striker Bartholemew Ogbeche has left Kerala Blasters, for whom he was the record goalscorer, for Mumbai City.
Mr Ogbeche spent the 2018-19 season at NorthEast United and has considerable experience in European football playing for Paris Saint-Germain, Bastia, Metz, Real Valladolid, Cadiz, Kavala, Middlesbrough, Xerez, Cambuur and Willem II.
He also spent the 2005-06 season playing for Al-Jazira in the United Arab Emirates.
According to the club’s Twitter, Mr Ogbeche has said: “Besides the brilliant mix of youth and experience in our team, the apparent quality and level of the squad speak volumes about the ambition we have here at the club.
“I can’t wait to get started as I look forward to a great season with my new family.”
The club made several Tweets alluding to the signing featuring cartoon character Bart Simpson.
Mumbai City have now filled six foreign player spots.
As well as Mr Ogbeche, Cy Goddard, Adam Le Fondre, Ahmed Jahouh, Hugo Boumous and Mourtada Fall are in the team’s squad this season.
The club has an additional slot for an AFC player available.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mumbai City will be one of the teams playing home fixtures at Goa’s GMC Athletics Stadium.
Sergio Lobera, who spent three-and-a-half years at FC Goa was appointed the team’s new manager earlier this month.
Mumbai City finished 5th in the league last year, three points short of playoff qualification.
Despite the Kerala Blasters finishing seventh, Mr Ogbeche scored 15 goals to finish the campaign as joint top goalscorer in the entire league.
Despite spending just two seasons in the ISL so far, Mr Ogbeche’s 27 goals put him 5th in the all-time list.
He would, however, require 22 to overtake former Goa striker Coro.
Marcelinho with 31 and Sunil Chhetri with 39 are the only two players ahead of Mr Ogbeche in the list who is currently playing in the ISL.
He is nine goals ahead of former Pune and Delhi Dynamos forward Kalu Uche as the top-scoring African in Indian Super League history.
Mr Ogbeche scored three goals in 11 games for the Nigerian national team, playing two group stages matches at the 2002 FIFA World Cup.