SRINAGAR: Renowed Footballer Mehraj-ud-din Wadoo was bagged by Mumbai City FC for Rs 43 lakh at the Indian Super League Draft-2017 on Sunday.
Defender Anas Edathodika and midfielder Eugeneson Lyngdoh, emerged as the costliest picks for an identical Rs 1.1 crore.
The 4th edition of the ISL is set to commence on November 17 and a total of 95 matches are to be played in four months, with two new teams increasing the size of the event.
Speaking to Kashmir Reader Wadoo said that he was excited to get selected, as the competition this time was very tough.
“I am thankful to Allah, and hope that it is going to be an exciting new journey for me to play for Mumbai City FC,” he said
31-year-old footballer defender has captained the defending champion Chennaiyan FC.
Wadoo, has joined the Indian Super League (ISL) for Pune FC in the tournament’s first season and wad associated Chennaiyan FC for last two editions of ISL.
Kashmir University Football coach Sajid Dar said “It is a proud moment not only for Mehraj u Din but for J&K state to make into the Mumbai City FC football team.”
“Wadoo is among the best football players presently in India and his selection speaks for his talent and what he is capable off,” Dar said.
“He is Mr dependable for coaches and every coach love to have him in his side,” He added.
The agile Wadoo, who reads the movement of opponent players well, had represented India. The experienced campaigner has always been the man to watch out for at the defensive line.
He has also captained Mohan Bagan.
Wadoo started his football career as a striker when he had played for Iqbal Sports Club in 1997 and emerged as the best footballer in the state.
Wadoo is improving with every game, had played at different leagues starting with Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), in the 2002-2003, Indian Telephone Institute, Mohan Bagan, East Bengal and Sporting Goa.
Wadoo, was a part of the Indian football team that won the 2007 Nehru Cup, the 2008 AFC Challenge Cup and the Nehru Cup in 2009.
His spirit didn’t let him down when he scored a thrilling goal against Bangladesh in December 2005, in the South Association Football Federation Cup (SAFF) final at Karachi.