Hyderabad FC, the Indian Super League (ISL) team, on Friday announced a one-year extension in the contract with their veteran goalkeeper Lakshmikant Kattimani. According to the new agreement, Goa-born Kattimani will continue with the club until the end of the 2021-22 season. “I have spent two years with the club now and I am really happy here,” Kattimani said after the extension of the deal. “It was an easy decision for me.” Lakshmikant Kattimani agreed to sign a new contract extension until 2022 with Hyderabad FC, a club where he arrived in 2019 after playing for Mumbai on loan in 2017.
The 31-year-old veteran goalkeeper has been with Hyderabad FC since inception and was the preferred goalkeeper for coach Manolo Marquez in the recently concluded seventh season of the ISL. With 59 ISL matches, Kattimani was an important member of the Hyderabad FC team that finished 5th in the league last season. Coach Manolo believes that his experience will be important for the club in the upcoming season.
“He is a very good keeper who is not just good with his shot-stopping but is also very calm with his feet. He is confident playing out from the back and is a really good fit for our system,” said Manolo.
“We have a really young squad at HFC and we need players with experience like Kattimani. He is an excellent keeper, a great person and is happy to help youngsters out in the team and we are happy to retain his services for another season,” added Monolo.
In the 2020-21 ISL season, Kattimani held six clean sheets in 14 matches. Kattimani’s success symbolizes that he had scored less than one goal on average in a match.
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