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ISL 2019-20 | Felt like ancestors were calling to come back, says ATK forward Roy Krishna

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ISL 2019-20 | Felt like ancestors were calling to come back, says ATK forward Roy Krishna

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Star ATK striker Roy Krishna has stated that coming to ATK wasn’t a difficult decision at all as he flet like his ancestors were calling him back to his roots. The only Fijian to score in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup comes at the back of a golden boot season in the A-League with Wellington Phoenix.

While it might be debatable, but the biggest coup of the summer transfer window has been widely believed to be Roy Krishna by ATK. The strongly built striker was the MVP in the Australian top-tier last season and would be playing with a lot of expectations on his shoulders this season.

It has been almost 140 years since Krishna’s ancestors decided to sail off to the south-pacific archipelago Fiji for better opportunities. But, Krishna didn’t think twice before coming back to the country where it all began. And he could pretty much have the city at its feet if he replicates the feat from last season. 

“It marks the start of a similar journey to return to the same where it all began. This was my first time here during the Puja. The city is very good. Coming here, it feels at home,” said, Krishna, who has 23 goals in 35 appearances, reported PTI.

“ATK made me feel ‘most wanted’ and I could not turn it down. It kind of made me feel that my ancestors were asking me to come back. I want to reconnect with my roots,” he added.

The 32-year-old, who scored 18 goals and four assists in 25 games for Wellington Phoenix, also stated that while his earliest football memory has been 13-year-old he has been of the opinion that India are tough and aggressive when it came to football.

“In 2006, India came to Fiji and played a few games. I saw the team and got to know about the leagues. I also watched a few ISL games. The Indian players are very tough and play aggressive.”

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