Kolkata giants East Bengal are set to rope in Kyrgyzstan international Ildar Amirov as their fourth foreign signing in the I-League 2016-17 season.
The 29-year-old Amirov is the third overseas striker ushered in by the Red and Gold brigade, who are gunning for their maiden I-League trophy.
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Amirov last turned out for Turkish fifth division outfit Turanspor where he scored 13 goals in the last two years. He also has been capped at the international level for the Central Asian nation 33 times with two goals to his name, which includes an own goal. Notably, his only goal for Kyrgyzstan came against India in the 2010 AFC Challenge Cup in Sri Lanka.
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With the signing of the striker, the Trevor Morgan coached side complete their Asian quota and his presence alongside Caribbean duo Willis Plaza and Wedson Anselme only goes to highlight the sparse domestic options available upfront.
Due to arrive next week, Amirov could make his debut against defending champions Bengaluru FC at home on 22nd January. It will be interesting to see how Morgan accommodates three strikers in his playing eleven.
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In other news, the match referee of East Bengal's opening encounter against Aizawl FC, Rizwan Ul-Haq, has overturned the own goal scored by defender Gurwinder Singh in the first half and awarded it to Reds striker Stephane Kamo Bayi instead.