Odisha FC rope in South African International Cole Alexander for the upcoming ISL season

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Odisha FC announced on Saturday that they have roped in South African Cole Alexander ahead of seventh edition of ISL on a 2-year agreement. Cole who plays at the midfielder position for South Africa and played youth football at Hellenic FC and Ajax Cape Town before making his senior professional debut for the latter. Cole, a high-energy midfielder by trade, had also represented various other South African clubs Vasco Da Gama, Chippa United, Polokwane City and SuperSport United.

“I am extremely delighted to join Odisha FC and play in the Indian Super League for the first time. It will be really great to play under coach Stuart Baxter again and I can’t wait to meet my teammates. I am very excited and looking forward to the season ahead. I have heard a lot about the special fans that the club has and though they will not be in the stadiums with us this year, we will carry them in our hearts and try and make them proud. I hope we can achieve something special at Odisha FC in the upcoming seasons,” Cole Alexander said in an official release.

He was one of the outstanding performers for Bidvest Wits in the South African Premier League last season before moving to Odisha FC. Also, Odisha FC coach Stuart Baxter is happy to get Cole in the squad and he said that he has worked with Cole in the past and his addition to the squad will help us in enormous way as he will bring character, quality and energy in the squad. His personality will enrich our squad environment and I am sure that he will be popular among our fans.

Indian Super League which was started in 2013 has contributed in grooming young Indian players by providing them a bigger platform to share a dressing room with experienced players and learn the nuances of football to a great extent.