ISL 2020-21:Chennaiyin FC ropes in Brazilian Memo for next ISL season

Two-time champions Chennaiyin FC has roped in Brazil’s Emerson Gomes de Moura, better known as Memo, on a free transfer for the 2020-21 season of the Indian Super League (ISL) starting next month.

The 32-year-old joins CFC on the expiry of his contract at Jamshedpur FC, having spent the previous three campaigns there, the club said in a statement on Sunday

Known for his versatility as a defensive midfielder and central defender, Memo is set to add experience and stability to Chennaiyin’s ranks.

“I am delighted to be a part of the Chennaiyin family. The upcoming season will be fantastic, I am certain. It is a pity we won’t be able to feel the warmth of the fans in the stands, as they are truly incredible and loyal,” said an excited Memo from his hometown in Brazil.

“Every time I have played in Chennai, I have truly felt their passion. They will always be in our thoughts, and we have to work hard and be united to achieve glory. A unique ISL awaits us, which will be a spectacle in itself.”

After playing extensively in the Brazilian lower division leagues, Memo came to India and joined Delhi Dynamos in the 2016 ISL season.

Interestingly, he made his league debut in Delhi’s 3-1 win over Chennaiyin at the Marina Arena in October 2016. Memo played 10 times that year and helped DDFC qualify for the semis.

Memo becomes CFC head coach Csaba L szl ‘s second foreign signing, following Bosnian central defender Enes Sipovic’s acquisition. Defender Eli Sabi and creative midfielder Rafael Crivellaro have been retained from last season.

“Memo is a solid addition to our squad. His rich experience of playing in the ISL will provide a huge boost, along with his versatility in key defensive areas. We have signed a proven and dependable individual in Memo, who is sure to hit the ground running,” L szl said.

Memo moved to ISL entrants Jamshedpur FC in 2017 and was their mainstay. He didn’t miss a single game, playing all 54 matches for JFC over the previous three seasons.