Dempo roped in central defender Prathamesh Maulingkar from Pailan Arrows, an AIFF Youth Development team for the remainder of the elite I-League.
Dempo were desperately looking for a central defender as most of their regulars are injured which has affected their performance.
“We have asked the AIFF to release him and the Federation has given the green signal. He will be our player for the ongoing I-League matches, said chief coach Armando Colaco.
It is learnt that Mahesh Gawli will be out of action for some time as he nursing a severe lower limb injury. He is undergoing treatment in Mumbai.
The AIFF’s raison d’etre for raising the youth developmental team was to ensure the boys would play together for some years so as to build up the future nucleus of India team for a cohesive unit, thus ruling out transfers or players-on-loan as per the original plan. [H]