~ The youngster becomes the 8th new signing for the Gaurs~
Goa, September 18, 2020: FC Goa is delighted to announce the arrival of Phrangki Buam from Shillong Lajong. The 19-year-old midfielder has signed a three-year contract with the Gaurs.
Making his senior debut on the national stage in the 2018/19 season of the I-League, the youngster went on to become an instant hit. He scored 6 goals for Shillong in that campaign, which made him the third-highest Indian goalscorer in the league and the highest for Lajong.
Speaking after completing the transfer, Buam said, “Well, it’s an absolute honour for me to join FC Goa. I’m happy and excited. There is real joy in my heart and I am really looking forward to my future as a Gaur.
“To be honest, over the past few years, I have become a fan of FC Goa. The style and the mentality to always attack is something that drew me. I watched nearly all the FC Goa games last season and even when I couldn’t, I would watch the whole replay
“So, this is like making my dream move. I hope to now give my best and bring even more success for the team in the times to come.”
Ravi Puskur, FC Goa’s Director of Football, said, “Phrangki is a player who has immense potential and was one of the shining lights in a very talented bunch of players who emerged from the Lajong Academy.
“He’s a player with an eye for goal and has the technical capability to fit well into the style of football that’s become a hallmark of our club. We’re hopeful that with time, Phrangki will become a regular feature in the first team.”
Hailing from Jaintia Hills in Meghalaya, Buam started his career with Royal Wahingdoh where he appeared for their U16 and U18 sides. He then moved to Shillong Lajong, where he helped the side win the U18 Youth League (the current Youth League) in 2018.
The same year, he would go on to impress all and sundry with his performances in the I-League. And even though Shillong had to go through a relegation, the youngster’s performances caught the eye as someone who has the ability to play across the front line.
Last season saw Buam help Shillong Lajong win both the Shillong Premier League and Meghalaya State League where he top-scored for his side, combining goals from both tournaments. Later during the season, he had moved out on loan to Bengaluru United to play in the 2nd Division League and gain more exposure.
About FC Goa
FC Goa is a professional football club based out of Goa that competes in the Indian Super League (ISL) and is the current holder of the Super Cup. Nicknamed the Gaurs, FC Goa has been one of the most consistent teams in the ISL - reaching 3 semi-finals and 2 finals in 6 seasons.
In Season 2019/20, the club won the Hero ISL League Winners Shield, by finishing top of the table in the league stages and became the first-ever club from India to qualify for the group stages of the AFC Champions League. The Gaurs are also the only ISL side to win more than 50 games and score more than 200 goals.
Co-owned by Mr Jaydev Mody, Mr Akshay Tandon and Mr Virat Kohli, FC Goa is one of Indian few Clubs to have a complete youth development ecosystem. It’s U14, U16, U18 and Developmental Teams compete at the highest levels in Goa and nationally. The system has produced recognizable talents like Saviour Gama, Princeton Rebello and many more. The Gaurs are also the Champions of the GFA U20 & GFA U18 Leagues and the winners of the Goa Professional League in 2018/19.