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Mumbai City FC are creating a formidable team ahead of ISL 2016. Pictured: Mumbai City FC players celebrate a goal during an ISL match between Mumbai City FC and Delhi Dynamos FC at D Y Patil Stadium, Navi Mumbai on Oct 21, 2015.IANS

Indian Super League side Mumbai City FC have announced the signing of three Indian stars from the north-east, ahead of ISL 2016. Jackichand Singh, one of the key figures of the India national football team during their AFC Asian Cup 2019 qualifiers playoffs victory against Laos earlier this month, as well as experienced customers Aiborlang Khongjee and Boithang Haokip will play for the Mumbai outfit this time around.

While Jackichand played for Mumbai's rivals FC Pune City in ISL 2015, defensive rock Aiborlang and setpiece specialist Boithang were a part of NorthEast United FC for the last two Indian Super League seasons.

"We are very happy to have Jacki, Boithang and Aibor with us for this season," said Mumbai City FC CEO Indranil Das Blah via a press release. "All three of them have the grit and skill that we are looking for at Mumbai City FC. They are an essential part of the team's plan and we look forward to a great season with them."

Mumbai City FC have earned the reputation of making big signings ahead of the main season and even this time around, the Ranbir Kapoor co-owned side have lived up to the expectations. While the side retained Haiti international Sony Norde, who featured for his country in the ongoing Copa America Centenario, for ISL 2016, they also announced the signing of Argentine international Matias Defederico.

Indian football talisman Sunil Chhetri, who scored a hat-trick in one of the ISL games last year, is a part of Mumbai City FC as well.