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Follow Orders Now: Roy Krishna

Our restrictions here are minimal compared to other parts of the world and the authorities are taking action very quickly to handle the current situation- Roy Krishna.
26 Apr 2021 09:22
Follow Orders Now: Roy Krishna
Fijian professional footballer Roy Krishna waits for his flight to India at his home in Ba on April 24, 2021. Roy plays for ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League and needs to return to Goa and prepare for the Asian Football Confederation League. Photo: Team Krishna

Fiji’s wonderboy and ATK Mohan Bagan football captain, Roy Krishna, is calling all Fijians to take heed of messages issued by the Ministry of Health to curb the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.

Krishna was to leave for India on a repatriation flight yesterday but was cancelled due to the current lockdown in Lautoka and Nadi. Krishna’s club is based in Kolkata, West Bengal in India.

“It’s unfortunate that in the middle of the sporting season a major league like the Digicel Premier League for football had to take a break for three weeks or so,” he told SUNsports.

“While it may be hard for us to accept that there’s no sporting activity taking place right now, it’s good for the long term.

“So that relevant authorities can do their work and when we are out of danger, we can resume life as usual.

“It’s very important that we take heed of the messages from the Ministry of Health,” he said.

Life in India

Krishna shared his experience in India where COVID-19 cases are escalating every day and he had to live in a bubble for more than six months.

“That was a struggle,” he recalled.

“Our restrictions here are minimal compared to other parts of the world and the authorities are taking action very quickly to handle the current situation.

“We need to abide by the COVID requirements set out for us and help us get back to normal soon,” he advised.

He helped the club reach the ISL grand final where they lost 1-2.

For his class act, he got the Golden Ball Award for scoring 14 goals and eight assists in the 24 matches he played in.

Keep training

However, Krishna stressed the importance for players to stay fit despite the lockdown.

“We can do exercises in our own yards, run, eat healthily. Do some gardening if that’s something you like to do. Staying active is important,” he said.

“I’ve been going for runs to keep myself fit. I run for about an hour and a half every day. I also do yoga and meditation to keep calm and focused.”

This is something that has been part of his life during the pandemic.

In his return flight from Labasa to Goa in India, last year, he spent time at four quarantine centres (Auckland, Sydney, Delhi and Goa), the trip took him 40 days and he underwent 10 COVID-19 tests

Next flight?

For now, the Siberia, Labasa, football star will wait for the next repatriation flight to India to compete in the Asian Fooball Confederation Cup group stage in the Maldives next month.

“My flight was scheduled for April 25. I was meant to fly on a repatriation flight to India to start training with the team for a few weeks before we head to the Maldives in mid-May for the group stage of the AFC Cup,” he said.

“At the moment I’m not sure when I will be going because the flight I was meant to be on has been canceled due to the latest restrictions announced recently.”

For the 2021 AFC Cup group stage, the ATKMB side is in Group D (South Zone) alongside Bashundara Kings (Bangladesh), Maziya SC (Maldives), and PO Winner South.

AFC Cup group stage pool: 

Group A – Al Ahed (Lebanon), Al Hidd (Bahrain), Al Wahida (Syria), Al Nasr (Oman),

Group B – Al Salt (Jordan), Markaz Balata (Palestine), Al Ansar (Lebanon), Muharraq (Bahrain)

Group C – Tishreen (Syria), Al Seeb (Oman), Al Failsaly (Jordan), PO West Asia (PLE/Kuwait)

Group D – ATK Mohun Bagan (India), Bashundhara Kings (Bangladesh), Maziya SC (Maldives), Winner South Asia

Group E – Ravshan Kulob (Tajikistan), Dordoi (Kyrgyz), Ahal (Turkmenistan)

Group F – AGMK/NASAF (Uzbekistan), Altyn Asyr (Turkmenistan), Khujand (Tajikistan), FC Alay (Krygyz),

Group G – Hanoi FC (Vietnam), Bali United (Indonesia), Boeung Ket (Cambodia), PO Winner

Group H – Kedah Darul Aman (Malaysia), Lion City Sailors (Singapore), Saigon (Vie), winner

Group I – Kaya FC – Iloilo (Philipines), Shan United (Malaysia), Terengganu (Malaysia), Geyland Int (Singapore)

Group J – Eastern SC (Hong Kong), Tainan City (Taipei), Athletic 220 (Mongolia), Lee Man (HK)

Edited by Osea Bola

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