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Roy Now a Kiwi, Still Plays for Fiji

Roy Now a Kiwi, Still Plays for Fiji
Roy Krishna
December 07
11:00 2018

Fijian ‘Wonder Boy’ Roy Krishna is now a New Zealand citizen, after 10 years of liv­ing and playing football in the country.

There was genuine worry among many fans about the possibility of the striker joining the All Whites permanently after yesterday’s an­nouncement.

But that will not happen.

Krishna has represented Fiji in FIFA-sanc­tioned international matches, making him in­eligible to play for another country.

One understandably worried fan, Halitesh Datt, tweeted to Vodafone national men’s team coach Christophe Gamel asking about Krish­na’s eligibility to play for Fiji.

Gamel pointed out that Krishna has repre­sented Fiji in official games and therefore can­not feature for New Zealand.

The Frenchman added Krishna remained a “proud-to-be Fijian.”

Rules on international eligibility are pre­scribed in FIFA’s statutes, in articles 5-8 under the the Regulations Governing the Application of the Statutes section.

Article 5.2 notes: “…any player who has al­ready participated in a match (either in full or in part) in an official competition of any cat­egory or any type of football for one associa­tion may not play an international match for a representative team of another association.”

There is one exception in article 8 of the stat­utes, but it is not applicable in Krishna’s case.

The striker remains a Fijian player, and will be key in the national team’s Pacific Games campaign in Samoa next year.

His club, A-league side Wellington Phoenix, will be a beneficiary of Krishna becoming a New Zealand citizen.

Pheonix can sign another ‘import’ in January as Krishna, the club’s leading scorer with 34 goals in 101 matches, will be counted as a local.

Krishna will travel with the Phoenix to Aus­tralia tomorrow for their away clash against third-placed Syndey FC.

– Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback: sheldon.chanel@fijisun.com.fj

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