Promising Midfielder Lalrinliana Hnamte Joins SC East Bengal

Kolkata, Sep 9: Promising central midfielder Lalrinliana Hnamte has penned a one-year deal with SC East Bengal, adding to the team’s midfield options ahead of the Hero Indian Super League 2021-22 season, the club announced on Thursday.

Mizoram-born Hnamte joined Pune City FC U-18 side in 2018 and took part in the I-League U-18. The 18-year old then moved to the Hyderabad FC reserves team and was with them till September this year, before joining the Red-and-Gold Brigade.

“It is a dream come true for me. For a youngster like me, everyday is learning and at such a big club like SC East Bengal, I know I have a great opportunity in front of me to showcase my talent,” Hnamte said. “I am looking forward to playing in the ISL also, which is the top league of the country. I can’t wait,” he added. Hnamte also featured for Mizoram in the sub-junior national championships in 2018.

SC East Bengal, on Wednesday, appointed Manuel ‘Manolo’ Diaz as the new head coach for the ISL 2021-22 season, partially ways amicably with Robbie Fowler, who took charge of the team in its debut ISL season.

With over 20 years of coaching experience, including a significant period of time in the Real Madrid C.F. setup, Manolo brings with him a wealth of experience and a winning mentality. The 53-year-old has an overall win rate of 41.77 percent over 328 matches coached in his two-decade career, and had a 46.66 percent win rate in his latest stint at Real Madrid Castilla (2018-19).

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