Football star Fiji’s flag-bearer in Samoa
Fiji’s star football striker and Captain, Roy Krishna, will lead his country as flag-bearer at the Pacific Games in Samoa next month.
The 31-year-old, who recently signed a 12-month deal to play at Indian Super League club ATK, told F.B.C. News he thought someone was playing a joke on him when he was chosen as flag-bearer.
“It’s a different feeling, to carry the team flag it’s an honour," he said.
“It’s great to lead the team but there’s a lot of responsibilities, not just in football but all the individual sports.”
He said he knows all the other Team Fiji athletes are training hard.
“Now we just need the support of the people of Fiji and hopefully we can fly the flag high.”
Krishna joined the Fijian national team’s training camp on Monday, according to Fijivillage.
He is coming off the best season of his career so far; winning Australian A-League Golden Boot and Johnny Warren Medal honours for top scorer and best player in the competition after netting 19 goals for Wellington Phoenix.
Those 19 goals set a single season Phoenix record and he also became Wellington’s all-time leading scorer during the year.
Krishna has played 35 times for Fiji since making his debut at the 2007 Pacific Games, also held in Samoa.
His country finished second at that tournament, then fourth at the 2011 Games.
Fiji then won the Oceania Football Olympic qualifying event at the 2015 Pacific Games and Krishna scored Fiji’s first ever Olympic goal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Fiji were drawn into Group B along with American Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tahiti, New Caledonia and Tuvalufor the 2019 Pacific Games football tournament to be held at the Football Federation of Samoa’s Tuana’imato complex.
Samoa is in Group A with New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and Vanuatu.