Roy Krishna

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Roy Krishna
Roy Krishna February 2015.jpg
Personal information
Full name Roy Krishna
Date of birth (1987-08-30) 30 August 1987 (age 31)[1]
Place of birth Labasa, Macuata, Fiji
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Wellington Phoenix
Number 21
Youth career
All Saints
2007 Labasa
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Waitakere United 75 (55)
2013–2014 Auckland City 4 (1)
2014– Wellington Phoenix 114 (44)
National team
2007 Fiji U20 6 (8)
2008–2016 Fiji U23 8 (4)
2007– Fiji 34 (22)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 16 February 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 22 October 2018

Roy Krishna (born 30 August 1987) is a Fijian professional footballer who currently plays as a striker for Wellington Phoenix in the A-League and is captain of the Fiji national team.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Krishna joined NZFC side Waitakere United from Fijian local outfit Labasa in January 2008.

In May 2008, the talented youngster spent two weeks training with the Wellington Phoenix,[3] but was not offered a contract.

In March 2009, it was reported that PSV Eindhoven was interested in signing him.[4] However he said professional football in New Zealand with the Phoenix was his preferred option because he was not ready to move to Europe as he was still learning English and was not ready for another language.

Auckland City[edit]

In September 2013, it was announced that he had joined Waitakere's local rivals Auckland City FC for the upcoming ASB Premiership season.[5] On 12 December 2013, he scored the only goal which Auckland City lost 1–2 against Raja Casablanca in the 2013 FIFA Club World Cup and also became the first Fijian player to score at the finals of a FIFA tournament.[6]

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

On 7 January 2014, Krishna signed with the A-League's Wellington Phoenix until the end of the 2013–14 season as an injury replacement for Paul Ifill,[7] scoring his debut goal on 16 March 2014 against the Melbourne Heart, beating Andrew Redmayne with a powerful drive into the bottom right corner in the 7th minute of a 2-2 draw.[8] His performance in the match earned him the A-League's player of the week honors.[9] Four days later, Krishna came to terms on a new 2-year contract with the Phoenix.[10]

Krishna resigned on 29 February 2016, agreeing to a 2-year deal that would keep him at Wellington until the end of the 2017–18 season.[11] He subsequently signed a 1-year extension on 15 February 2018.[12]

On 18 April 2018, Krishna was named Wellington Phoenix Player of the Year and his fourth-round goal against Brisbane Roar was deemed the team's Goal of the Year for the 2017–18 season.[13]

On 2 December 2018, Krishna became the outright leading goal scorer for the Wellington Phoenix, overtaking previous leader Paul Ifill's 33 goals for the club.[14] Krishna made A-League history on 19 January 2019, becoming the first player to score 3 consecutive braces.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 9 May 2016
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Wellington Phoenix 2014–15 24 9 0 0 0 24 9
2015–16 16 6 0 0 0 0 16 6
2016–17 25 12 0 0 0 0 25 12
2017–18 21 4 0 0 0 0 21 4
2018–19 17 11 0 0 0 0 17 11
Career total 103 42 0 0 0 0 103 42

International career[edit]

Krishna made his debut for Fiji at the South Pacific Games 2007 and he has played for them in the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification tournament.[16]

In 2010, Krishna was also called up to the national futsal team for the 2010 OFC Futsal Championship.[17]

On 16 July 2016, Krishna was named as one of the three over-aged players of the Fiji under-23 team for the 2016 Summer Olympics, alongside Simione Tamanisau and Alvin Singh.[18] On 7 August 2016, he scored the team's only goal in the final tournament's campaign, against Mexico. Krishna's goal was Fiji's first ever goal in the Olympic Games.[19]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Fiji's goal tally first.[20][21]

Olympics[edit]

Scores and results list Fiji's goal tally first.

Honours[edit]

Waitakere United
Champions: 2007–08, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012–13
Auckland City FC

Personal Honours:

Personal life[edit]

Krishna is a New Zealand citizen, having gained his citizenship in December 2018 after ten years in the country.[27]

In July 2018, Krishna married Indo-Fijian model and pageant contestant Naziah Ali.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roy KrishnaFIFA competition record (archive)
  2. ^ "Roy Krishna". Wellington Phoenix FC. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  3. ^ "Phoenix to take Krishna under wing". TVNZ. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  4. ^ Brown, Michael (29 March 2009). "Soccer: Krishna outgrows NZFC". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  5. ^ Fiji's Roy Krishna joins Auckland City Oceania Football Confederation
  6. ^ "Krishna savours historic strike". FIFA. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Phoenix sign prolific Auckland City striker". TVNZ. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  8. ^ AAP (2014-03-16). "Melbourne Heart and Wellington Phoenix draw 2-2 in A-League encounter". Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  9. ^ "Team of the Week Round 23". Football Federation Australia. 17 March 2014. Archived from the original on 27 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  10. ^ "Flying Fijian inks new deal". Football Federation Australia. 20 March 2014. Archived from the original on 27 March 2014.
  11. ^ "Roy Krishna extends contract with Wellington Phoenix". The New Zealand Herald. 29 February 2016.
  12. ^ "Football: Roy Krishna signs one-year extension with Wellington Phoenix". NZ Herald. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  13. ^ "Roy Krishna wins Player of the Year award". FBC TV. 18 April 2018.
  14. ^ Hyslop, Liam (2 December 2018). "Farcical VAR intervention ruins Roy Krishna's record-breaking night for the Wellington Phoenix". Stuff.co.nz.
  15. ^ AAP (2019-01-19). "The Wellington Phoenix have made it nine unbeaten games in a row after a 3-3 thriller against Melbourne Victory in football's A-league". Retrieved 2019-01-20.
  16. ^ Krishna sharpens soccer skills – FIji Times
  17. ^ "Krishna joins futsal squad". Oceania Football Confederation. 14 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  18. ^ "U23 squad in Suva for team naming". Fiji Times. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  19. ^ Bellemore, Damien. "Phoenix striker: 'How I made Fijian Olympic history'". A-League. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  20. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=278780/index.html
  21. ^ https://us.soccerway.com/players/roy-krishna/60280/
  22. ^ "On-Field Performers Honours". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  23. ^ Fiji Under 20 to clinch First Playoff win – Fijilive
  24. ^ Oceanian Player of the Year 2008 The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
  25. ^ "Waitakere prevail as familiar foes dominate". FIFA. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  26. ^ "Krishna's big night at Phoenix awards". A-League. 18 April 2018.
  27. ^ https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/football/a-league/109142688/wellington-phoenix-striker-roy-krishna-granted-new-zealand-citizenship
  28. ^ Kumar, Arvind (17 July 2018). "Roy Krishna, Naziah Ali tie the knot in four-day ceremony in Fiji". Stuff.co.nz. Retrieved 2 December 2018.

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