AFC Cup – ATK Mohun Bagan retains Roy Krishna: Indian Super League’s highest scorer last season Roy Krishna will stay with ATK Mohun Bagan for another season. ATK Mohun Bagan which is due to participate in AFC Cup from May 14th has finalized the deal to retain Krishna for whooping 5.5 Cr for a season. The star striker was drawing Rs 3 crore last season.
The Fijian scored 14 Goals in 23 ISL Games last season and will add teeth to Bagan’s attacking prowess. Days before leaving for the AFC Cup in Maldives, The side will now be hoping to get his service for their AFC Cup matches beginning on May 14.
AFC Cup: ATK Mohun Bagan will participate in AFC Cup from May 14th in Maldives
The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has decided to conduct the AFC Cup Group D matches despite Maldives’ plea to postpone the competition due to rising COVID-19 cases.
ATK Mohun Bagan were forced to cancel their pre-season camp in the city scheduled late last month due to the prevailing pandemic situation. They were hoping that their AFC Cup matches would also be postponed. But it was confirmed by AFC that matches will go ahead as per schedule.
Now the big question is even after signing Krishna will he be available for AFC Cup Matches?
AFC Cup – Big players can miss for ATK Mohun Bagan? While Krishna is not likely to arrive due to the ongoing nationwide lockdown in Fiji. David Williams’ arrival is also doubtful as Australia have banned incoming flights to the country from India. It remains to be seen if these two players can take part in the competition. ATK Mohun Bagan custodian Arindam Bhattacharya is also likely to stay back in Kolkata as his mother has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and is undergoing treatment at the moment.
Bagan is making efforts are to get Spanish defender Tiri to travel with the team’s head coach and his countrymate Antonio Lopez Habas. Both are expected to land up directly at Maldives.
The green-and-maroon brigade will get little time to practice before their opening tie on May 14 against the winners of the playoff match between Bengaluru FC and Maldives’ Eagles FC. Bangladesh’s Bashundhara Kings and local club Maziya Sports & Recreation are the other two sides in their Group D.
The Mariners will undergo a COVID-19 test in a private hospital in Kolkata on May 7 before they travel to the Maldives.
Bengaluru FC is another Indian club who will be seen in action at the AFC Cup. Bengaluru FC are set to play their play-offs tie against Madlives’ Club Eagles on May 11, will travel to the country on May 7. They are currently in Goa in a bio-bubble.