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2015-09-12     08:30:42pm


The most talented yongester of the recent time joins Goan club Salgoocar FC.

 

Former East Bengal skipper and winner of the inaugural Indian Super League with Atletico de Kolkata , Sanju Pradhan, has signed Salgaocar FC.

 

Pradhan is considered one of the brightest and most talented players in recent time coming up into the seniors levels of professional football.

 

25 year old Sikimese boy who hails from village of Sombaria located in the West Sikkim district is the products of Namchi Sports Hostel Football Academy who was spotted during "The Search for more Bhaichungs scheme" in West Sikkim.

 

Sanju  started his professional career with Air India in 2006 before being roped in by East Bengal in 2008. . He served the club for 5 long years and was handed the reins of captaincy in 2011. During his spell with red and gold brigade Sanju Pradhan made his Asian international debut in the 2010 AFC Cup against Al-Ittihad of Syria on 10 March 2010 in which East Bengal lost 1–4.

 

He had a brief spell with Dempo SC in 2013-14 before being roped in by Atletico de Kolkata for the inaugural edition of the Indian Super League.

 

At Salgaocar, Sanju will re-unite with schoolmate and childhood friend, Bikash Jairu. Both coincidentally were first spotted at the ‘Search for More Bhaichungs’ programme and trained together at the Namchi Sports Hostel in Sikkim.

 

Sanju with academy mate Bikash jairu

 

At 25, the Sikkimese has already won every major title in the country barring the I-League, including 2 Federation Cup titles, the IFA Shield and 1 Super Cup in addition to having played at the Asian level in the AFC Cup. He was also part of the senior national side that went on to lift the Nehru Cup in 2012. He will sport Jersey No. 9 at Salgaocar.