Bengaluru FC has secured the services of Iranian midfielder Iman Basafa ahead of the eighth season of the Hero Indian Super League. Basafa has penned a one-year contract with the club and thus will stay with the team till the end of 2021-22 season.
This is Blues’ tenth signing before the season starts on November 19 in Goa. The Iranian midfielder recently played for Machine Sazi in the Persian Gulf Pro League. Basafa has represented Iran at the U17, U20, and U23 levels. Furthermore, this is his first stint outside of Iran. The 29-year old expressed his delight after signing with Marco Pezzaiuoli’s team.
“I’m very happy to join Bengaluru FC and to come to a country like India where football is growing very fast. I’m excited for what lies ahead, for myself and for our team, and I hope to be able to contribute. BFC is a champion team with a good mentality, and I am looking forward to meeting my new teammates and working hard for the season,” Basafa said, after the formalities of his deal were completed.
Basafa made his professional debut for Shahrdari Arak in 2012. The midfielder has played in top division Iranian clubs like Esteghlal FC in 2014 and went on to play for Fajr Sepasi Shiraz, Malavan, Aluminium Arak, and Pars Jonoubi Jam. He has made more than 100 appearances in Azadegan League.
“Iman is a player who is comfortable in different positions in the midfield. He’s someone who has a physical presence, is good with his head, and possesses traits of a leader. He is also someone who likes to shoot from distance. With his experience and presence, he will strengthen the squad and we look forward to welcoming him soon,” said Pezzaiuoli.
The Sunil Chhetri-led team will begin their ISL 2021-22 campaign against NorthEast United FC on 20th November at Athletic Stadium, Bambolim.