The striker scored the fastest ever goal in the I-League within nine seconds last season. 

Komron Tursunov has completed his move to Tajik top tier club FC Khujand. He last played for TRAU FC in the I-League, the second tier of Indian football. The striker has moved back to his home country of Tajikistan after spending almost two years in India, where he first played for Mohun Bagan before joining TRAU.

The 25-year-old will be a huge loss for the Red Pythons after scoring six goals for them in 13 appearances during the 2020-21 season. His new club FC Khujand currently play in the Ligai Olii Tojikiston, the top division in Tajikistan.

Player profile

Tursunov joined Mohun Bagan in December 2019, back when the Mariners were playing in the I-League. After the club moved to the ISL, joining with ATK to form ATK Mohun Bagan, Tursunov signed for TRAU FC. Before coming to India, Tursunov played extensively for Regar-TadAZ Tursunzoda and Istiqlol Dushanbe in Tajikistan.

He has also played 22 times for Tajikistan’s national football team, scoring six goals in the process. In India, he played an overall 21 games in the I-League, delivering eight goals and eight assists, a great attacking output. Komron Tursunov also lifted the I-League title with the Mariners after winning the 2019-20 season. 

Thanks to his efforts, TRAU were able to finish in third position in the championship table behind Gokulam Kerala and Churchill Brothers last season.

Trouble for TRAU FC

The departure of Komron Tursunov comes on the back of TRAU also losing Bidyashagar Singh, the I-League top scorer last term, to Bengaluru FC in the ISL. The outfit are now without the services of their two most prolific goalscorers from the last term. 

They must find replacements before the new season starts later in 2021 in a bio-bubble situated in Kolkata. Also, the club’s ambitions of winning the I-League might suffer and improving on a third-place finish last year could become a tougher challenge – especially without the services of players like Tursunov, Bidyashagar and Dinesh Singh.

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