Selim Benachour
New Mumbai City FC midfielder Selim Benachour in Vitoria Guimaraes coloursReuters

Former Tunisian international Selim Benachour becomes the latest overseas player to join Mumbai City FC ahead of the Indian Super League 2.0, slated to kick off in October.

The 33-year-old attacking midfielder bolsters the Mumbai side as brings his experience of playing with Paris Saint Germain and Malaga to Mumbai City FC.  

Benachour is widely regarded as a dead-ball specialist, with a strong ability to play crisp passes and link up the defence with the attack well.

The midfielder – who represented Tunisia in the 2002 FIFA World Cup – is now delighted to reunite with Nicolas Anelka, former PSG striker and current player-coach of the Mumbai-based ISL side. 

"I am extremely happy to join forces with my former teammate, Nicolas Anelka," said Benachour.

"I am also very excited to be a part of Mumbai City FC in the ISL and all that this league has to offer," he added.

The short-statured midfielder was part of the Cypriot club APOEL for two seasons (2012-13, 2013-14). He played a key role with the club as he guided the side to clinch the Cypriot First Division in his first season.

If that was not all, the following season saw him pick up two appearances in the UEFA Europa League group stages, as he went on to collect the treble of the the Cypriot League, the Cypriot Cup and the Cypriot Super Cup, with his side.

The Ranbir Kapoor co-owned team will be more than happy to have him in their ranks now, considering the amount of experience the Tunisian has in lifting trophies.

And Benachour himself is looking forward to getting ready for the competition.

"I heard a lot about the ISL and Mumbai City FC last year, and I cannot wait to start training with my new team mates," the midfielder said. 

The Mumbai side has been one of the more active side this summer when it comes to signing players. The foreign players at the side's disposal this year are defenders Pavel Cmovs, Darren O'Dea, midfielder Juan Nunez, as well as forwards Sony Norde, Andre Moritz, and Anelka.

Meanwhile, champions Atletico de Kolkata have announced that Bastab Roy has been brought as their assistant coach for the upcoming season.

"What impressed me about him is the dedication he has shown coaching grassroots level footballers in Bengal. We hope he will bring his skills and knowledge about the game into the formation of the new team for Atlético de Kolkata and help the players in fulfilling their respective roles for the side," ATK chief coach Antonio Lopez Habas was quoted by Goal.

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