Indian Football News: I-League leaders Minerva Punjab FC rope in Nigerian midfielder Philip N’Joku from Finland’s FC Inter

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Minerva Punjab defied all odds in the last season of I-League, which is one of the top-tiers of India football, and clinched the I-League 2017-18 title, after winning 11 out of 18 matches of the season, and making waves in Indian football news. However, the Punjab-based I-League outfit are not meaning to slow down, and are on to stirring up the Indian football latest news as they signed a new midfielder in the form of the 22-year-old Philip N’Joku, who plays for FC Inter in Milan.

Philip N’Joku will fill the void left open in Minerva’s midfield by the departure of Kassim Aidara: Indian football latest news

The Nigerian striker cum midfielder Philip N’Joku had begun his professional football career in 2015 in Finland with FC Inter itself, for whom he played on till 2017. After having completed two years at the Finnish club, Philip N’Joku went on loan to play for AIFK. However, he did not make any appearances for the club and came back to his parent club, FC Inter, for the 2018 season.

The reason why N’Joku is being looked at as a prized addition to Minerva Punjab FC, is the fact that in the 2018 season, the Nigerian earned a playing spot in around 58 games, and even scored eight crucial goals. Although just 22 years of age, Philip N’Joku will do wonders for the Indian football players in Minerva, and we can expect him to be making up for some exciting Indian football news every now and then.

Ever since Minerva Punjab FC won the I-League title in the 2017 season of the top-tier of India football, there have been a departure of top-class players from their facility, with the top case being the departure of their 31-year-old midfielder Kassim Aidara, who was acquired by the I-League giants East Bengal FC. However, the addition of Philip N’Joku will do well to fill in the void left open in the club’s midfield.

Minerva Punjab has seen some top players depart from their club after the 2017/18 I-League season

While Kassim Aidara’s departure would have left the I-League defending champions worrying, it is not their only concern, as the Indian football latest news reveals more than a handful of players who have left Minerva Punjab FC.

While the biggest shock that Minerva Punjab would have had to deal with was that of Chencho Gyeltshen, who made waves in Indian football news when he moved to Indian Super League club Bengaluru FC, other notable players such as Kiran Chemjong, Sukhdev Singh, Kamalpreet Singh, Bali Gagandeep, Kassim Aidara, Girik Mahesh Khosla, Rakshit Dagar and Abhishek Ambekar.

While Kamalpreet Singh, Gagandeep, Aidara, and Dagar, all signed for Minerva’s title rivals East Bengal FC, other stars such as Sukhdev Singh and Ambekar went to Mohun Bagan. Ahead of the I-League 2018-19 season, Minerva Punjab are left with a depleted squad, they must now act quickly and plug in the gaps before the start of the new season.

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