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 Roy A Class Player: Yusuf

“Roy is a class player and a good role model to young players here in Fiji who are setting their sights on professional football as their career.”
05 Jan 2021 12:33
 Roy A Class Player: Yusuf
Roy Krishna

Roy continues to shine as age grows with classic touches and goals in the Indian Super League competition says Fiji Football Association chief execu­tive officer Mohammed Yusuf.

He made the comments after Fijis wonder boy Roy Krishna scored his sixth goal for ATK Mohun Bagan FC in the Indian Super League competition.

Krishna played a starring role as ATK beat North East United 2-0 to stretch their lead on the Indian Super League table yesterday.

“His goal reignited the team’s performance in the second half and that what pushed the team to victory,” Yusuf said.

“There was really nothing on for ATK from the kickoff and it took Roy to put on a mas­sive performance to lift the team’s morale.”

“He was at the right place, right time to head that ball pass the goal keeper.”

“As he grows older, Roy is showing his ma­turity in football and playing against some world class players which he used to back in Wellington.”

“Roy is a class player and a good role model to young players here in Fiji who are setting their sights on professional football as their career.”

“He’s part of our squad that will be playing in the Oceania World Cup qualifications and with his current form his inclusion will re­ally boost the national side.”

“He will add experience and expo­sure amongst the youngsters in the national squad.”

“The qualification matches will be happening towards the end of the year so by that time the Indian League season will be done and he will be back in the coun­try.”

“ We are look­ing forward to having him back at home so we can build up our combi­na­tion for the competition.”

Yusuf added the Siberia lad is making a name for himself in the competition.

“I was watching the game too, to see the joy on his team mates and the ATK fans faces is something special,” he said.

“His making a big impact in the competi­tion amongst the best play­ers in Asia and mak­ing headlines in a country that has about quarter mil­lion population.”

“It’s good to see Roy excel and he is very consistent during the com­petition where he continues to shine.”

Roy Krish­na played a starring role as ATK beat North East United 2-0 to move to stretch their lead on the Indian Super League yesterday.

Krishna was in­volved in both goals and was threat through­out in yet another strong outing for the Voda­fone Fijian national team captain.

The Kolkata club took the lead in the 51st minute of play after Krishna headed the ball into the net after the opposition defenders failed to clear the ball from a corner kick.

They struck again in the 57th minute through an own goal from constant pressure on the United defense.

The win saw ATK remain in first place a point ahead of Mumbai City, with an important game against Mumbai City coming up on January 12.

Krishna and Co. will hope to build some momentum and continue their winning form with the re­maining round of competition.

The side know’s the match against second place Mumbai City will be a tough one as they sit on 19 points on the table, a win could boost their chances of moving up the ladder.

Roy vital for Fiji

With his international experience having played at the A-League and now the Indian Super League Krishna will play a vital role in the coun­try’s football side’s prepara­tion for the world cup qualifications this year.

At 33 years of age the former Labasa striker has a very good record in the Oceania region in the past.

He played 38 games for Fiji scoring 21 goals in his carrer and during his stint with Wait­akere United from 2012-2013 in the New Zea­land Football Championship he played 103 games and scoring 72 goals.He then joined Wellington Phoenix in the A-League from 2013-2019 where he played 125 games and 52 goals.

Krishna made the move to the Indian Super League joining ATK Mohun Bagan from 2019 till today making a name for himself playing 27 games scoring 20 goals.In his professional carrer Krishna has played 260 professional football games and scored 146 goals more than any footballer in the country.

The Olympian will surely be a key player when the Fiji football team prepare for the World Cup qaulifier knowing the Siberia lad’s goal scoring ability is something that teams around the Oceania region will look to try and stop.

National football headcoach Flemming Ser­ritslev will work very closely with Krishna and the team in trying to workout strageties that the football side can create inorder to win.

Krishna’s goal scoring ability will be for Fiji in our bit to secure a spot in the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The stats and achievement speaks for itself that the deadly striker is our main weapon should coach Serritslev look for a suitable partner to pair up with Krishna.

Some of the find of the season were Suva striker Sairusi Naulubu who was very con­sistent last season in the Vodafone Premiere League (VPL) his speed and goal scoring ability could be the answer in a striking force with Krishna.

Another Fijian player could be Australian base Frankston Pine Football Club strik­er Tito Vodowaqa. A young player with speed and good finishing. He played for Nadi last season and then signed his contract with the Pines.

According to a Frankston Pine of­ficial Victor Kumar Vodowaqa is in great form.

“ He had been working so hard at training,” he said.

“ We would like to see him pair up with Roy Krishna they would make a deadly combi­nation.”

“ Tito is fast and aggres­sive and score

 


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