Roy Krishna will follow the rules as usual …
ATK Mohun Bagan fans can finally see Joni Kauko in the green and maroon shirt in action in the upcoming AFC semi-final against FC Nasaf. The coach’s midfielder was left out during the AFC Cup group stage matches by coach Antonio Habas, but he is likely to be entered for the upcoming meeting. Purpose understand.
Hugo Boumous will probably make way for the midfielder. Tiri has also joined the team from Spain, but it is unlikely he will appear in the upcoming match.
ATK Mohun Bagan’s likely foreigners for the AFC Cup match against FC Nasaf
- Roy Krishna
- David Williams
- Carl McHugh
- Joni Kauko
ATK Mohun Bagan is currently undergoing a six-day training camp in Dubai from September 11 to prepare for their next match. The match is scheduled for September 22nd. From Dubai, the team flies to Qarshi, Uzbekistan to further practice and acclimatize.
‘This is a great match for the players and the ATK Mohun Bagan fans. FC Nasaf is a strong team and we have to be on our toes, ‘Habas said before leaving India.
Nasaf emerged as the winners of the Central Asian Zone after winning 3-2 against Ahal FC of Turkmenistan. The Uzbek team had a cushion with two goals at halftime, but a live performance from Ahal made up for the backlog. Hussain Norchayev, however, regained the lead after switching off the spot.
Ruzikul Berdiev’s team had a lot of football in the game while the Uzbek league was in the top division. They have played 17 games and are currently in fifth place with 27 points. But they have had a difficult career in the Uzbek league as they have won only once in their last five league matches.
At the continental stage, however, it was a completely different side. In the group stage, they won all three of their matches to finish with nine points at the top. They scored nine goals and conceded nothing. It’s almost a decade since the club last played in an AFC Cup edition, as it last appeared in 2011 when they bagged the trophy.
While the Mariners also have a rich form. They remained unbeaten in the group stage with two wins and a draw. They beat the well-known opponents Bengaluru FC 2-0 in the opening match and then a 3-1 victory over Maziya SRC. In their last group match against the Basundhara Kings, the Premier League in Bangladesh, Bagan returned to score a point.
With this, they equaled their longest unbeaten race in the second tier club competition in Asia (W3 D2). They (as Mohun Bagan) achieved a similar achievement in 2016 (W3, D2).