ATKMB will miss Krishna if he makes it to the ISL semi-finals | Soccer News
Called up for the national team, Fijian striker Roy Krishna will not be available for the Indian Super League (ISL) qualifiers and final if ATK Mohun Bagan (ATKMB) succeeds. After Tuesday’s 2-0 win over FC Goa, ATKMB moved up to 29 points from 15 games, as did leaders Hyderabad FC who played one game more.
The Last Krishna will be available on March 7 when ATKMB take on Jamshedpur FC in the final game of the league phase. “He will join us on March 8,” Fiji Football Association CEO Mohammed Yusuf told HT on Tuesday. Yusuf said ATKMB was notified.
“Glad to have the opportunity to fly the Fijian flag again,” Krishna said on Twitter on Monday. Named captain for Oceania’s 2022 World Cup qualifiers, the 34-year-old will join the squad in Doha on March 8, Yusuf said.
Due to Covid-19, qualifying takes place in Doha from March 17. Fiji open against New Caledonia on March 18, face New Zealand on March 21 and Papua New Guinea on March 24.
The dates for the ISL semi-finals and final are expected to be announced on Wednesday. But that will end before March 24 as India are due to play two friendlies in Manama, Bahrain on March 23 and 26. Last season, the ISL final was held on March 13. In 2020-21, it was March 14.
In 10 ISL games this season, Krishna has registered four goals and four assists. He has not played through injury since being substituted in the 60th minute against Odisha FC on January 23. Krishna was on the bench against SC East Bengal but was ruled out of games against Mumbai City FC, Hyderabad FC, NorthEast United and Tuesday. .
In 44 ISL games over the seasons since joining ATK from A-League side Wellington Phoenix in 2019-20, Krishna has 29 goals and 15 assists. He was named an ISL player in 2020-21.
Having not played for 18 days in January because Covid-19 had breached their bio-secure bubble, ATKMB must play its last six games in 20 days. Keeping the players fit and fresh is going to be a “good challenge” for the medical staff, head coach Juan Ferrando said. Due to injuries, ATKMB could start with just two foreigners, Tiri in central defense and Joni Kauko in midfield, on Tuesday.
In a game that saw a first-half stoppage due to a floodlight failure, Manvir Singh struck in the third minute with a chilling header from a Liston Colaco corner. He scored an extra 14 seconds in the second half after Lenny Rodrigues grabbed the midfield and sent Singh his way.