‘Nalaubu Is Like Roy’

Nalaubu is young, has the knack of scoring goals and the passion of the sport,
06 Jan 2021 14:52
‘Nalaubu Is Like Roy’
Suva’s goal scoring machine, Sairusi Nalaubu during the Sukuna Bowl Challenge at Albert Park on December 10, 2020. Photo: Fiji FA Media

A former Fijian national footballer believes Suva forward Sairusi Nalaubu deserves a try-out in the A- League.

And the USA- based Naveen Kumar said former Wellington Phoenix standout and the ATK Mohun Bagan star Roy Krishna is the best person to make it happen.

Kumar, who has been closely following Fijian football, ranks the Suva forward high in the country and believes he can be the country’s next professional footballer overseas.

“Nalaubu is young, has the knack of scoring goals and the passion of the sport,” he said.

“He has that great forwards’ ball, eye and goal coordination and with quality coaching he will only get better.”

The double district, Lautoka, Nadi and national defender of the 1990s -2000, said, what Nalaubu was to Suva, Krishna was to Labasa when he broke into the sport.

“Nalaubu is much like Roy, who scores on even half chance and that is a rare quality in a forward,” Kumar said.

Kumar said Krishna waited for his moment in time, and when the opportunity came in 2008, he joined Waitakere United where he spent 6 years.

He later joined Auckland City and then Wellington Phoenix of the A League, now playing for the ATK Mohun Bagan of the Indian Super League.

“Roy could also be Nalaubu’s agent. He could work his contact in New Zealand and Australia and make it all happen. Nalaubu will not disappoint.”

Nalaubu was the 2020 Vodafone Premier League and Fiji FACT Golden Boot Award winner. His stellar performance had him get called in the national team.




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