Bangladesh Premier League champions Bashundhara Kings have roped in Brazilian club Fluminense FC winger Robson Azevedo da Silva Robinho on a one-year loan ahead of their remaining Group E fixtures of the AFC Cup 2020, scheduled to be held in October-November in Maldives.
The 25-year old left-winger’s contract will start on September 1, 2020 and finish on July 31, 2021 informed Kings’ president Imrul Hasan on Wednesday.
‘We completed the loan deal yesterday [Tuesday] for one season as the replacement of Colindres [Costa Rican World-Cupper Daniel Colindres]. He will join the club in the first week of September,’ Imrul told New Age without disclosing the monthly wages of the Brazilian.
Robinho’s first assignment with Kings will be against Maziya Sports and Recreation Club of Maldives in their AFC Cup match on October 23, where the Brazilian is expected to pair up with former Argentine international Hernan Barcos.
Kings called Barcos and all of their local players to join the club in August for a pre-season before the start their AFC Cup camp in September.
Barcos smashed a hat-trick with four goals in Kings’ 5-1 thrashing of TC Sports of Maldives in their first-ever appearance in the AFC Cup on March 11 before AFC postponed it on March 18 due to COVID-19 pandemic.
After recruiting Robinho, Kings need to sign two more foreign footballers to fill their quota and one of have to be from Asia.
Kings are set to recruit a player either from Iraq or Australia to fill the Asian quota and another one from CONCACAF region within a week, said the club president.
‘We have two more places to recruit foreign players, including one from Asian countries. We will complete the signing within the next week. We have a short list. We are discussing with Australian and Iraqi players to fill the Asian quota,’ said Imrul.
Earlier, Kings released their foreign players Colindres, Argentine defender Nicolas Delmonte, Kyrgyz midfielder Bakhtiyar Duyshobekov and Tajik defender Akhtam Nazarov in June-July.
In the four-team group, Kings will take on Maziya again on November 4 after they face Chennai City FC twice on October 26 and 29 respectively before facing TC Sports on November 1.
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