Fijian captain Krishna signs with Indian club ATK
June 18, 2019 4:47 pm
Roy Krishna [Source: Picture Perfect]
National football captain Roy Krishna has signed with Hero India Super League club, ATK from Kolkata on a year-long deal.
This was revealed today by the former Wellington Phoenix marksman, who will join his new club in August.
Krishna, who is currently in Fiji on a break before joining the national camp, was named the Best Player in A League this season and was also the Golden Boot winner.
Roy Krishna with wife Naziah Ali – Krishna at FBC earlier today.
He also went on to dominate the Phoenix club awards and says it’s now time for a new challenge.
“I’m delighted to join ATK in the Hero ISL. I have taken my time to make what I feel is the right decision for me and my family, and ATK presents a great new opportunity for me in a new league.”
Krishna says as he makes his way to Kolkata, he is looking forward to working with the club and engaging with the fans and also promoting Fiji.
“140 years ago, our forefathers left Kolkata on board the Leonidas in search of new opportunities in Fiji. I feel like we’ve come a full circle as I head back to where it all began for them.”
ATK head coach, Antonio Lopez-Habas is excited about the new recruit.
— ATK (@ATKFC) June 18, 2019
“Roy Krishna is our first international signing of the season. He is a prolific striker with leadership skills under his belt. He will add attack and variety to the team and his confidence will give an edge. I am very happy to have him in ATK.”
Former France internationals like Robert Pires, David Trezeguet, Florent Malouda, Nicholas Anelka and Mikael Silvestre have all played in the ISL.
140 years ago my ancestors came to Fiji from Kolkata, India in search of better opportunities. Today marks the start of a similar journey as I join @ATKFC
in the Hero India Super League to go back to where it all began. #aamarbukeyatk pic.twitter.com/JHjeTS3tMS
— Roy Krishna 🇫🇯🇳🇿 (@RoyKrishna21) June 18, 2019
Other big names who have featured in the league include David James (England), Wes Brown (England), Cafu (Brazil), Roberto Carlos (Brazil) and Dimitar Berbatov (Bulgaria).