Roy: Can’t Wait
Vodafone national football captain and Wellington Phoenix star striker Roy Krishna arrived into the country last night brimming with confidence of their chances against the New Zealand All Whites on Saturday.
Speaking to SUNsports Krishna said he can’t wait to join the team in their first training run this morning.
“Playing against the New Zealand All Whites is going to be tough as they are the Oceania champions,” he said.
“Like I’ve said before on the game day it’s going to be eleven against eleven and I’m looking forward to it.”
Krishna said he has been keeping a constant contact with national football head coach Christophe Gamel and is expecting to gel well with the players.
He pointed out the focus this weekend is to secure a spot in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“This first game is important for Fiji as we have the home advantage. The Kiwis have played some matches and have got points.” The Labasa native has called on fans to be at Churchill Park, Lautoka to support them. The clash kickoff at 1pm
Krishna arrived at Nadi International Airport on a Fiji Airways flight from Sydney. He was greeted by his fiancée Naziah Ali. When asked on their wedding day, Krishna laughed and shied away from the camera.
All Whites captain Winston Reid is going to miss Saturday’s qualifier against Fiji after being injured while playing for English club West Ham.
Reid limped off with a groin injury in West Ham’s 3-2 loss to Leicester City. Reid will not be replaced in the squad and striker Chris Wood will captain the side.
“It’s disappointing he is not coming because he is such an important player, he is a great character and I know how much he was looking forward to being here,” said coach Anthony Hudson.
“But with regards to the team we have been in this position many times.
“We have got a good squad, we are adaptable and we have enough in this squad to deal with this tour so we are prepared for this.”
Striker Monty Patterson will also miss the Lautoka and the return fixture in Wellington next Tuesday due to a hamstring injury. Patterson, who plays for Ipswich Town in the English Championship, will be replaced by Phoenix midfielder Alex Rufer.