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Count Roy In: Farina

  Roy Krishna will be one of the three senior players that will be part of the Vodafone Fijian Under-23 national team to the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil in
22 Dec 2015 12:31
Count Roy In: Farina

 

Roy Krishna will be one of the three senior players that will be part of the Vodafone Fijian Under-23 national team to the 2016 Rio Olympics in Brazil in August.

National coach Frank Farina is grateful that the Fiji and Wellington Phoenix striker has made himself available.

“Roy is one of the most professional players in Fiji and has a high profile,”Farina said.

“So there is no doubt that he will be included in the team to the Rio Olympics.

“He has made himself available which is a good thing but his inclusion will depend on whether he is fit to play.

“The reason we need Roy and two senior players is to boost the confidence of the team.

“This is the first time Fiji football is taking part in an Olympic event and they are bound to be nervous at some stage. Our senior players are there to guide them.

“Having Roy in the team will also encourage the boys to do their best and try harder because a player of Roy’s calibre gives the younger ones something to aspire to.”

Only three senior players are allowed to take  part in the Rio Olympics.

But Farina said they have five senior players travelling with the team when they go on a six–match tour of Spain next month.

The five players are Alvin Singh, Munit Krishna, Simione Tamanisau, Samuela Kautoga and Abbu Zahid Saheed.

Fiji will play Lavente United on January 19 and Elche CF on January 20, both teams are from the Segunda Division in the Spanish Football League.

The side will then play CF Cracks on January 21 and Villareal on January 26. Villareal is the fifth ranked team in the La Liga Competition.

On January 27 the team takes on Valencia FC and the final match will be played against Chinese Super League club Shanfi Shenua. The side departs on January 13.

The team includes Misiwane Nairube, Samuela Nabenia, Abbu Zahid Saheed, Avinesh Waran Swamy, Alvin Singh, Kolinio Vakarauvanua Sivoki, Samuela Kautoga, Napolioni Qasevakatini, Munit Krishna, Anish Khem, Jale Dreloa, Antonio Tuivuna, Rusiate Matarerega, Filipe Baravilala, Sakaraia Naisua, Nickel Chand, Tevita Kalisito Cakau Koroi, Setariki Waganitoga Huges, Iosefo Verevou, Ratu Tevita Waranaivalu, Garish Henry Prasad, Ratu Savenaca Nakalevu, Simione Tamanisau, Manasa Levaci and Christopher Frances Wasasala

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

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