Kolkata: Having endured a slightly disappointing campaign so far in the Eastern Conference of the ongoing 2nd Division I-League 2015/16, where the Black Panthers find it difficult to penetrate, especially with their foreign recruits, Mohammedan Sporting Club have fallen back on experience to make sure there’s no encore by signing seasoned Ghanaian forward Yusif Yakubu.
The 39-year-old, who last played for Mumbai FC in 2013-14 I-League, will be joined by Nigerian striker Kazeem Amobi and Liberian striker Taurus Manneh to complete the overseas signings of the club. Yakubu is expected to join his new team next month before final round of the competition.
Yakubu will be replacing defender Kareem Omolaja — who was released earlier this month after suffering injury — in the club. Though the initial idea was replace Omolaja with a defender but since Mohammedan’s foreign strikers miserably failed to score in the tournament so far — out of 7 goals scored by Mohammedan in the league, foreign strikers have scored only one — therefor the team managament decided to add another foreign striker instead of a defender.
Yakubu has started his career at India with Churchill Borthers in 2002, before moving to Mahindra United in 2004. The Ghanaian has also plied his trade for East Bengal, Salgaocar FC and United SC before joining Mumbai FC in 2012. A calm and spiritual figure off the field, Yakubu has won the I-League/NFL in two separate occasions for Mahindra and Salgaocar. He has aslo won Federation Cup twice for Mahindra and East Bengal respectively. Yakubu was the first player to reach 100 goals in the combined history of National Football League and I-League, a record that later achived by Jose Ramires Barreto, Ranti Martins, Odafa Okolie, and Chidi Edeh.