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)
Place of birth Labasa, Macuata, Fiji
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
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 96 (33)
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 April 2018
‡ 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,[2] but was not offered a contract.

In March 2009, it was reported that PSV Eindhoven was interested in signing him.[3] 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.[4] 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.[5]

Wellington Phoenix[edit]

On 7 January 2014, Krishna signed with Wellington Phoenix till the end of the 2013–14 season as an injury replacement for Paul Ifill.[6] On 16 March 2014, he scored his debut goal for the club against Melbourne Heart, scoring with a powerful drive into the bottom right corner. He was also named as the A-League's player of the week for his performance in the match.[7] On 20 March 2014, Krishna signed a new 2-year contract with Wellington Phoenix.[8]

On 29 February 2016, he signed a new 2-year contract extension with the Wellington Phoenix keeping him with the club until the end of 2017–18 season.[9]

On 15 February 2018, Krishna signed a 1-year contract extension with the Wellington Phoenix staying at the club until the end of 2018-19 season.[10]

On 18 April 2018, The Krishna was named Wellington Phoenix Player of the Year and also his fourth-round goal against Brisbane Roar was deemed the team's Goal of the Year for the 2017–18 season.[11]

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.[12]

In 2010, Krishna was also called up to the national futsal team for the 2010 OFC Futsal Championship.[13]

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.[14] 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.[15]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Fiji's goal tally first.[16][17]

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]

As of March 2017 Krishna is engaged with Indo-Fijian model and pageant contestant Naziah Ali.[23]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Roy Krishna". Wellington Phoenix FC. Retrieved 20 February 2017.
  2. ^ "Phoenix to take Krishna under wing". TVNZ. 30 April 2008. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  3. ^ Brown, Michael (29 March 2009). "Soccer: Krishna outgrows NZFC". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 6 November 2011.
  4. ^ Fiji's Roy Krishna joins Auckland City Oceania Football Confederation
  5. ^ "Krishna savours historic strike". FIFA. 12 December 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  6. ^ "Phoenix sign prolific Auckland City striker". TVNZ. 7 January 2014. Retrieved 8 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Team of the Week Round 23". Football Federation Australia. 17 March 2014. Archived from the original on 27 March 2014. Retrieved 18 March 2014.
  8. ^ "Flying Fijian inks new deal". Football Federation Australia. 20 March 2014. Archived from the original on 27 March 2014.
  9. ^ "Roy Krishna extends contract with Wellington Phoenix". The New Zealand Herald. 29 February 2016.
  10. ^ "Football: Roy Krishna signs one-year extension with Wellington Phoenix". NZ Herald. 15 February 2018. Retrieved 24 February 2018.
  11. ^ "Roy Krishna wins Player of the Year award". FBC TV. 18 April 2018.
  12. ^ Krishna sharpens soccer skills – FIji Times
  13. ^ "Krishna joins futsal squad". Oceania Football Confederation. 14 July 2010. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  14. ^ "U23 squad in Suva for team naming". Fiji Times. 16 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
  15. ^ Bellemore, Damien. "Phoenix striker: 'How I made Fijian Olympic history'". A-League. Football Federation Australia. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
  16. ^ https://www.fifa.com/fifa-tournaments/players-coaches/people=278780/index.html
  17. ^ https://us.soccerway.com/players/roy-krishna/60280/
  18. ^ "On-Field Performers Honours". The Ultimate New Zealand Soccer Website. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
  19. ^ Fiji Under 20 to clinch First Playoff win – Fijilive
  20. ^ Oceanian Player of the Year 2008 The Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation
  21. ^ "Waitakere prevail as familiar foes dominate". FIFA. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014.
  22. ^ "Krishna's big night at Phoenix awards". A-League. 18 April 2018.
  23. ^ Narain, Pravin (15 March 2017). "Bond with love". The Fijian Times ONLINE. Retrieved 1 April 2018.

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