Former Manchester City defender Simon Colosimo has signed a deal with Indian Club Dempo SC.
The 34-year-old defender joins the three-time I-League champions, in a move which is expected to change the phase of Indian football.
The Australia international, who has been capped 26 times, had a brief spell in Manchester during the 2001/02 season.
Colosimo has also played in Belgium, Turkey and in various Australian clubs. Veteran defender is known for his leadership qualities, and will be expected to play a major role in Aussie Arthur Papas coached Dempo side.
Former I-League champions Dempo SC, had undergone a managerial change at the helm this summer. Long-serving coach Armando Colaco bid adieu to the team and he was replaced by India’s developmental side coach, Arthur Papas.
Dempo had failed to retain their title last season and had eventually finished in a disappointing fifth position. They will be looking to bounce back from the reverse and have high hopes on Arthur Papas to establish them as one of the continental superpowers.
In I-League, a club is eligible to field up to four foreigners in their starting line-up. Dempo had released their under-performing foreign player after last campaign.
With only two foreigners in their roster, more A-League players are expected to join the Dempo ranks. The club is looking to fill their foreign quota with quality players, and Papas in depth knowledge in A-League might come in handy there.
Papas have made a glowing reputation already with his tactical nous and flexibility. With the club in transition period, Colosimo’s vital experience and Leadership qualities will come in handy for the Indian club.
The Indian football faithful will be hoping that he can live up to the expectation to lead Dempo back to winning ways.
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