Guwahati: NorthEast United FC is delighted to confirm the signing of Mohammed Ali Bemammer on a one-year contract. The 33-year-old Moroccan reunites with head coach Juan Pedro Benali, who has played a vital part right from the start of his career. He becomes the Highlanders’ fifth foreign player for the 2023-24 season.
Bemammer took his first steps in football at Maghreb de Fes in Morocco. Interestingly, it was under Benali, who was the club’s then CEO, that he signed his first professional contract in 2009. The defensive midfielder then went on to play for Raja Casablanca, Difaa Hassani El Jadidi, FAR de Rabat, and Ittihad Tanger before returning to his boyhood club last year. Benali and Bemammer were also briefly reunited at Ittihad Tanger where the Spaniard helped the club avoid relegation.
Sharing his excitement about being reunited with Bemammer, Benali said, "Ali is a very good player. I have known him since he was in the academy. He also played and scored some vital goals for the Moroccan national team. He is also a very good leader on and off the field. His presence, experience, and leadership qualities will give the team a big push this season."
Among the major competitions he has competed in, Bemammer has won the CAF Confederation Cup, Moroccan Throne Cup, North African Club Cup, and CAF Super Cup at the club level in 2011 and the 2021 African Nations Championship at the international level. Speaking about embarking on a new challenge, he said, "I'm delighted to come to India and make the Hero Indian Super League my first experience outside of Morocco. I am very thankful for the support I got from Juan and he took the effort to explain everything about the new league. I am really excited to work with the coach again. Since we worked together previously, it makes it easier for us to understand each other. I hope together we can achieve great things at the club."
NorthEast United FC CEO Mandar Tamhane also weighed in on the signing, stating, "We are pleased to welcome Mohammed Ali Bemammer to NorthEast United FC. His track record and familiarity with head coach Juan Pedro Benali's style make him a valuable addition to our team. We look forward to a successful partnership and wish him the best for the upcoming season."
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