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Six overseas players to watch out for as Odisha FC Prepares for AFC Cup, ISL Season 10

Let's take a closer look at the six foreign players who are set to make a significant impact in the upcoming season:

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In a bid to strengthen their squad for the upcoming AFC Cup and Indian Super League (ISL) season, Odisha FC has made some strategic foreign player acquisitions. 

Odisha FC is looking to build on their successful 2022-23 campaign, where they clinched the Hero Super Cup and finished 6th in the ISL points table. 

Let's take a closer look at the six foreign players who are set to make a significant impact in the upcoming season:

1. Roy Krishna - The ISL Goal Machine

Odisha FC secured the services of ISL veteran Roy Krishna, who joined them on a free transfer ahead of the 2023/24 ISL season. The Fijian striker, known for his goal-scoring prowess, is an all-time leading goalscorer in the ISL. With 40 goals in 60 matches, Krishna has etched his name in the history books. Having previously won the ISL title with ATK Mohun Bagan, his arrival strengthens Odisha FC's attack, which already features the Brazilian striker Diego Mauricio.

2. Diego Mauricio - The Golden Boot Winner

Diego Mauricio, the Brazilian sensation, had a stellar 2022-23 ISL season. He clinched the coveted Golden Boot award with 12 goals, outshining his competitors. Mauricio's ability to exploit tight spaces, find the back of the net, and create opportunities for teammates makes him a force to be reckoned with. With Sergio Lobera at the helm, Odisha FC is set to create even more chances, a prospect that bodes well for Mauricio's goal-scoring prowess.

3. Ahmed Jahouh - The Midfield Maestro

Few midfielders in the ISL possess the quality and experience that Ahmed Jahouh brings to the pitch. A veteran of the league since the 2017-18 season, Jahouh has consistently been one of the top midfielders in the competition. His contributions extend beyond typical midfield duties, as he provides crucial goals, assists, and defensive stability. Jahouh's track record at FC Goa and Mumbai City FC speaks volumes, and his impact is expected to be no different at Odisha FC.

4. Cy Goddard - The Versatile Winger

Cy Goddard, the English-Japanese winger, has signed a one-year deal with Odisha FC. With experience in the ISL and stints at Tottenham Hotspur Academy, Goddard brings versatility and creativity to the squad. Notably, he scored his first professional goal in a convincing 6-1 win over Odisha FC during the 2020-21 ISL season. His ability to contribute from the flanks will add depth to the team's attacking options.

5. Mourtada Fall - The Towering Defender

Senegalese defender Mourtada Fall, standing at 6 feet 3 inches, is a formidable presence in defense. Approaching his 100th ISL appearance, Fall is set to reunite with coach Sergio Lobera at Odisha FC. With a wealth of experience and excellent heading accuracy, he poses a dual threat – solid defending and goal-scoring capabilities from set-pieces. Fall's leadership and game-reading abilities will be invaluable as Odisha FC aims to bolster their defense and secure more clean sheets.

6. Carlos Delgado - The Defensive Rock

Carlos Delgado, a stalwart in Odisha FC's defense since the 2019-20 season. His imposing presence, aerial prowess, and astute reading of the game make him a cornerstone of the team's defense. Delgado's composed demeanor on the pitch serves as an inspiration to his teammates, and he played a pivotal role in the team's Hero Super Cup triumph last year. His experience and leadership qualities are poised to continue driving Odisha FC towards success in the upcoming season.

With these impactful foreign signings, Odisha FC appears well-equipped to tackle the challenges of both the AFC Cup and the ISL. The club's fans can look forward to an exciting season ahead as these talented players join forces to elevate the team's performance and chase glory on the football pitch.

 By Avilash Panigrahi