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Long Way To Go: Krishna

Krishna, 31, says he is not thinking about contracts at all, and will decide at the end of the season whether to move on or stay. Wellington Phoenix striker Roy
22 Jan 2019 11:02
Long Way To Go: Krishna
Wellington Pheonix’s Fijian striker Roy Krishna.

Krishna, 31, says he is not thinking about contracts at all, and will decide at the end of the season whether to move on or stay.

Wellington Phoenix striker Roy Krishna has celebrated becoming the first A-league player in history to score a brace in three consecutive games by remembering a Fijian football legend.

Krishna scored twice against Melbourne Victory for the Nix on Sunday to equal former Ba and national team striker Esala Masi’s tally of 43 goals in Australia.

Masi played in the A-League from 1996-2005 when it was called the Australian National Soccer League (NSL).

“I’m stoked to have set another record but that is not the only thing that I strive for,” Krishna told SUNsports from New Zealand.

“Every time I run onto the field, my mind is on making the team win with all that I can, so we can get the three points and move up the ladder.

“It’s also good to be compared to one of the legends of Fiji Football, Esala Masi, and I’m privileged to be considered to be in his league.”

 

Contract situation

Off-the-field, there has been a good amount of chatter regarding Krishna’s contract with the Phoenix, which expires at the end of the season.

But Krishna, 31, says he is not thinking about contracts at all, and will decide at the end of the season whether to move on or stay.

“I’m only focusing on doing well this season,” he said.

“I’m not exploring contracts right now but when the time comes my manager will discuss the best opportunities for me.”

On December 2, the star forward scored his 34th goal for the Nix to surpass Paul Ifill’s record as the club’s highest goal scorer.

The former Labasa, Waitakere United and Auckland City striker seems to improve with age and is hitting his peak late in his career.

But Krishna feels he still has a lot more to offer and will not retire any time soon.

“I feel I still have a long way to go in my own professional development as a footballer,” he said.

“Eventually we all retire from professional football but I personally think I have a lot of give to this sport and I want to keep growing and doing better.”

 

Grooming talent

Krishna also aims to improve the standards of football locally and believes it can be done with the right grooming and proper scouting of talent.

He said: “I feel that a lot of Fijians are supporting the A-League. Some even travel far to watch my games.

“Breaking these records makes me not only proud for the record themselves but what it could mean to a Fijian youngster who would dream to be a professional footballer.

“If I can come this far I certainly believe there are many others from Fiji and the Oceania region that can do much better than me.

“There’s a lot of talent out there it just needs grooming and development and good scouts to pick them out.”

Edited by Osea Bola

Feedback:  sheldon.chanel@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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