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Rohit renews HAL contract



KATHMANDU: Nepal’s star defender Rohit Chand has renewed his contract with i-league’s top tier club Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the next six months.

Rohit — who left for Bangalore to sign the contract with the club on Wednesday — agreed on a monthly amount of INR 94, 000, informed his brother Rabindra. His current paycheque was raised by INR 14,000. “The club management was in frequent contact with Rohit and said they wanted him to rejoin the club as soon as possible. After completing his national duty he decided to join the club,” informed Rabindra.

Rohit — who earned a huge reputation in the Indian top tier football — was lined up among the top five foreign players in the i-league last season by the Indian edition of global football website He played a significant role to make sure HAL stay at the top tier helping it survive relegation to the second Division narrowly.

Rohit will play his first match of the season with HAL against Sporting Clube de Goa on January 4. HAL are currently laguishing at the bottom of the i-league with one point where they have not won any game and drawn one from 12 matches.

Rohit made headlines in the world football in July this year when he was linked with Premier League giants Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspurs. Chand — who hails from Surkhet — begin his club football career with Machhindra FC and made his debut during the AFC Challenge Cup match against Palestine in 2009. He is currently the only player from the national fold to play professional football outside Nepal.

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