Laxmikanth Kattimani, Mandar Rao Dessai retained by FC Goa

Since becoming first choice in the second season, no goalkeeper has managed to tally more than Laxmikanth Kattimani's 84 saves and Mandar Rao Dessai renewed terms with the club having spent the last I-League season on loan at Bengaluru FC.

By: Express Web Desk | Panaji | Updated: July 5, 2017 6:10 pm
FC Goa, Indian Super League, FC goa ISL, Laxmikanth Kattimani, Mandar Rao Dessai, football news, sports news, indian express FC Goa sign goalkeeper Laxmikanth Kattimani and winger Mandar Rao Dessai. (Source: ISL)

As per latest reports, FC Goa has retained goalkeeper Laxmikanth Kattimani and winger Mandar Rao Dessai for a further three-year period after the duo agreed to pen new deals. This will see the two stay till the end of 2019-20 season.

In a statement released club president, Akshay Tandon said, “We are delighted to have been able to agree on terms with Katti and Mandar. Both of them have defended the club’s crest since its inception and we couldn’t be happier that they will continue to do so for a further three years.

“Both of them have been vital pieces of the jigsaw in the past seasons and we expect them to continue in the same vein. With only two players being allowed for retention, we’re pleased that they have ended up being Mandar and Katti”.

Mandar Dessai said, “I’m pleased to be able to come back to Goa again. For the past three seasons, I have received an immense amount of love and support from the fans and have learnt a lot at the club. I want to continue to keep moving in an upward trajectory and continue to develop my skills under the new coach. I’m keen to play my part in ensuring the club pushes hard for the title this year.”

Kattimani said,  “I’m thankful to the club for the faith they have shown in my abilities. Being a Goan, its a moment of pride to be able to represent the club which plays in Goa. We are starting fresh this year with a lot of expectations and after the disappointment of last season, we are keen to ensure we give the fans something to cheer about this season.”

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