Chennaiyin FC has signed Polish striker Lukasz Gikiewicz on a one-year transfer deal ahead of the approaching season with the center-forward being the fifth overseas signing for Marina Machans.
Lukasz, whose 200-plus club appearances so far have 49 goals and 21 assists to show for, will be keen to make his mark in his debut season in India’s premier football league.
“We look forward to Lukasz strengthening our attack and providing much-needed goals this season. This is a very positive signing for us,” said CFC co-owner Vita Dani.
Lukasz has also played in other Asian nations such as Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and Bahrain. He was the top scorer of the 2017-18 Jordanian Pro League while playing for Al-Faisaly Amman.
“I am very happy to join the club. My aim is to immediately help the team in getting a third ISL title. The fans deserve it and so does the club that has won the league two times already,” Lukasz told the club media team.
Lukasz has been introduced in two of the world’s biggest club tournaments, the Europa League and the Champions League, making a combined 12 appearances. During his spell at the Polish outfit Slask Wroclaw, he played a vital role in the club’s second league title in 2011-12 and also helped them win the Polish Super Cup in the next year.
“Lukasz is a team player with good experience and a great personality. I believe he will help the team in many aspects, especially with goals,” CFC head coach Bozidar Bandovic commented.
After commencing his professional career 13 years ago with Polish club Olimpia Elblag, Lukasz, now thirty-three, has also played in Cyrpus, Bulgaria, and Romania.