ISL – Mumbai City FC sign Syrian International Thaer Krouma


Mumbai City FC have completed the signing of Syrian national team defender Thaer Krouma, IFTWC can confirm. 

The 33-year-old veteran center-back is currently in Qatar playing for his country in the ongoing 2023 AFC Asian Cup. He has played every minute in Syria’s campaign, including the Qasioun Eagles’ victory over India, and has been an instrumental part of a defense that has only conceded one goal in the tournament so far. 

He will be in action next when Syria takes on Iran in their Round-of-16 fixture at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium in Doha later today (January 31) and will join Mumbai City after the conclusion of Syria’s Asian Cup run.

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Krouma was previously in his second stint at Al-Fotuwa SC, the defending Syrian Premier League champions and current league leaders. He also featured for the team in the 2023-24 AFC Cup.

With the departure of Rostyn Griffiths and Abdenasser El-Khayati, Mumbai City needed an experienced overseas player to bolster their squad. Krouma, having played club football in Bahrain, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, apart from a range of Syrian clubs, was the chosen replacement. 

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After a strong start to the season, Mumbai City have slipped into fourth position. After a change in coaching personnel, as well as the departure of key foreigners, the club is expected to have a challenging time ahead of themselves this season. The Islanders will hope incomers like Krouma can help change their fortunes, as well as their push for consecutive League Winners’ Shields.

The Islanders return to action in the Indian Super League against Jamshedpur FC at the Mumbai Football Arena on Thursday, February 4th

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Sriram Chidambaram
Sriram Chidambaram
A sports tragic, whose obsession percolates into the obscure world of Indian Football. My affiliations lie with the Blue Tigers, BFC, Servette, and Chelsea (in that order).

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