Ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Super League (ISL 2023-24), Kerala Blasters FC confirmed that it has reached an agreement with FC Goa for the transfer of Aibanbha Dohling, for an undisclosed fee. Aibanbha puts pen to paper on a three-year deal that will see him at KBFC until 2026.
Dohling leaves FC Goa after four years and was a regular part of the first team for the past two seasons. He played 44 ISL games for the Gaurs across four seasons, scoring two goals besides having as many assists.
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Aibanbha will be joining up with the squad in Kochi soon as the Blasters get set to travel to Dubai for the last leg of the preseason. The transfer remains subject to completion of medicals.
Commenting on the signing, Karolis Skinkys, Kerala Blasters Sporting Director, said, “Aiban is a proven performer over the years in the Hero Indian Super League. His presence and experience in our squad will solidify our defense further. I expect him to continue delivering consistent performances in the upcoming season and gel well with rest of our defensive unit.”
Aibanbha Dohling said, “It was a long window and I want to thank the Club for their persistence over the window and making this dream of mine happen. I am so happy and proud to join KBFC and I am ready for this new challenge. I look forward to giving it my all for the Club and bring cheers to the very passionate KBFC fanbase.”
Aibanbha Dohling Career
Dohling began his youth career with Shillong Lajong FC. Later on, he left the Lajong youth academy in 2012 to join the prestigious Tata Football Academy (TFA) and represented Jharkhand in the Santhosh Trophy. The centre-back spent four years at the TFA in Jamshedpur before rejoining Lajong.
The Meghalaya-based defender was promoted to the first team and made his debut for Lajong FC in 2016 in I-League. He soon established himself as a key player for his state team before making his move to the ISL.
In 2019, the young defender made the switch to the ISL signing on with FC Goa. A versatile and aggressive defender, who has primarily plied his tried on the left side of defense, Aiban has been a core member of the FC Goa team since joining the team and won both the ISL Shield and Durand Cup with them.