Report — Krishna set to join Indian Super League club after turning down Phoenix

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Out-of-contract striker Roy Krishna is soon to announce he’s signed with an Indian Super League club, claims a Fijian news site.

Fiji Village reports the legendary captain of the Fiji national side will stay in the ISL after leaving ATK Mohun Bagan this year, after two seasons with the club.

If correct, the report means Krishna has rejected overtures from his old club, Wellington Phoenix, for a return to the capital.

The report suggests an announcement will be made on Monday July 18.

One club linked to Krishna is Mumbai City whose head coach is former Phoenix and New Zealand U-20 coach Des Buckingham.

Buckingham has already signed Krishna’s former strike partner at ATK Mohun Bagan and the Phoenix, David Williams.

Williams and Krishna, now both 34, left the Phoenix for India in time for the 2019-20 ISL season.

During their spells with Mohun Bagan, Krishna scored 36 goals and made 18 assists in 60 appearances.

Strike partner Williams scored 17 goals and made eight assists in 55 games.

Krishna has had a successful career that’s taken him from Fiji club Labasa in 2006 to become one of Oceania’s most prolific goalscorers. He’s among the five top goalscorers in the ISL since its inception in 2014.

After five years with Waitakere United — where he scored 65 goals in 75 appearances — he joined Auckland City and soon won a professional contract with the Phoenix.

Considered the best Fijian footballer ever, Krishna’s place in the game’s history is assured. He was named an Oceania Football Confederation ambassador last year and he’ll remain a fans’ favourite at the Phoenix for whom he scored 65 goals in 122 appearances.

He captained Fiji at the FIFA Oceania World Cup qualifying tournament in Qatar in March.

Photo: Roy Krishna … announcement due soon? Photo: Shane Wenzlick / Phototek.

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