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The wonders of Roy Krishna

Written By : MELA TUILEVUKA. When he scored the winning goal during their first game against favourites Ba on Thursday night, Roy Krishna’s thoughts were with his parents. When the
26 Jul 2008 12:00

image Written By : MELA TUILEVUKA. When he scored the winning goal during their first game against favourites Ba on Thursday night, Roy Krishna’s thoughts were with his parents.
When the fans screamed in appreciation after the winning goal, Roy was imagining what his parents Bal and Sarita Krishna would be doing at the exact same time back in the comfort of their home in Siberia, Labasa.
The 20 year-old lad had hoped to have his parents watch him play at Battle of the Giants tournament.
“I thank my parents for their upbringing and supporting me in everything I wanted to do,” the humble lad said.
“I wish they were here in person to watch me play but unfortunately, my younger brother has to attend school,” he said.
Born and bred in Siberia, Labasa, Roy said achieving his dream in playing professional soccer abroad was not easy.
“I had doubted myself sometimes but my parents motivated me to keep trying,” he said.
“If it wasn’t for them and their words of encouragement, I would not have come this far.”
With an elder sister currently studying in Australia and a younger brother who looks up to him, Roy said he would never forget his humble beginnings and all the struggles his parents had to go through to enable him to get a good education and get this far in life.
“I know I am very young as I turn 21 come August and when I look back at my life, my childhood, I would not change it for anything.”
“I am not from a well off family as we had to struggle with what little we had,” he said.
“I believe that through life’s struggles, I will become someone in life and become a better person.”
Roy appreciates the struggles he has come through with his family because whenever he takes on the field, he plays his heart out for them.
“I play my heart out for my parents, my elder sister and my younger brother,” he said.
“I dedicate all that I have achieved to them for their support and sacrifice.”
The former student of All Saints Secondary School has come far and is now studying in New Zealand while contracted to play for a football club in Waitakere City, Auckland.
“I started there in April this year and I am surprised with how far I have come, because I haven’t played much district and national tournaments, yet I am here in New Zealand,” he said.
“I thank my team mates, district team and coach for their support in moulding me to become a better soccer player.”
The soft-spoken lad said he started kicking a football when he was in primary school and then played a couple of games when was in secondary school.
“It was in these secondary school matches that I got selected for the Under-20 and Under-23 national teams,” he said.
Even though being selected to represent Fiji was the pinnacle of his career, Roy said it wasn’t an easy task as he had to juggle his love for the sport and his studies.
“It was not easy because I had to make a lot of sacrifice considering the fact that I had to also excel in my school work,” he said.
“I had to find a balance between soccer and studies and it is not easy doing that.”
Comparing the standard of his game in New Zealand to what he had experience back home, Roy said the standard of soccer abroad is better.
“The standard of soccer back in New Zealand is good as they play fast-paced soccer compared to the slow pace we have here at home,” Roy said.
Roy said given time, he hopes the standard of soccer in the country will improve.

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