Chennai: Chennaiyin FC have signed ISL winning duo Apoula Edel Bete and Fikru Teferra Lemessa for the second season of the Indian Super League.Cameroonian-born Armenian goalkeeper Edel and Ethiopian forward Fikru won the inaugural edition of the ISL with Atletico de Kolkata.After the 2014 ISL, Edel played for Hapoel Tel Aviv in Israel while Fikru was with South African outfit Bidvest Wits.
Chennaiyin FC manager Marco Materazzi said, “We are very happy to have signed Edel and Fikru for the 2015 ISL. They were both highly consistent performers last year and of course won the ISL. They were two of the best foreign players of the first ISL with Edel doing some outstanding goalkeeping throughout the tournament and Fikru had a great presence upfront with clinical finishing. The duo will add plenty of quality and experience in our squad.”
Edel said, “I had a great experience playing in India last year and I am thankful to Chennaiyin FC for providing me the chance to come back again this time. Chennaiyin FC were one of the most competitive teams of the first ISL so I am delighted to have joined them and it will be an honour playing under World Cup winner Materazzi.
Fikru stated, “I am delighted to have joined Chennaiyin FC as the opportunity to work with the legendary Materazzi is something you can?t turn down. Playing in the ISL was one of the best experiences of my career. “I still can’t forget the moment when I scored the first goal in the competition?s history. I want to perform even better this time and make Chennaiyin FC the champions.