June 27, 2019
Fiji’s lone professional footballer Roy Krishna says he is truly honored to be selected as Fiji’s flag bearer to the Pacific Games in Samoa next month.
The 31-year-old Siberia native from the outskirts of Labasa becomes the first Fijian footballer to be given the top honor by Team Fiji.
Krishna who last week joined ATK club in the Indian Super League after a glorious A-League season where he won the best player and golden boot awards is also likely to captain the football team at the Games.
Speaking to FijiLive after the team’s i-Tatau presentation at Government House in Suva today, Krishna said he is looking forward to the Games with a lot of optimism and anticipation.
“Carrying the Fiji flag at the opening of the Pacific Games is a big thing for me because I know everybody is looking forward to the Games. When I was told by a friend that I was going to be the flag bearer for Team Fiji at the Pacific Games, I thought he was lying to me. But then I received the official confirmation and it was a little hard to absorb the big news initially” he said.
“This will be a very special moment for me and the football fraternity as I will the first footballer to lead the Fijian contingent to the Games. Team Fiji is ready to fly the country’s flag high in Samoa and we need the prayers, support of love of all Fijians.”
“I will be wearing a traditional costume that is made from Tapa and I am looking forward to that. This will be the first time I will be dressed in the traditional Fijian attire at a major sporting event and I am really excited as it will be quite an emotional yet a special moment for me.”
Krishna who will be participating in the Pacific Games for the second time said every member of Team Fiji has prepared well and the whole contingent is ready to make the country proud.
“Both the individual athletes and those in team sports have worked extremely hard and have set their personal targets. The spirit of all athletes is quite high and we all aim to give our best and do well at the Games. We want to achieve positive results for our country.”
“For football, we have a young team but despite this, we are aiming for winning gold in the Pacific Games. Nothing is impossible when we set our goals right. I just joined the team on Monday and am really looking forward to the Games in Samoa.”
He said Team Fiji lacks unity at this stage and they need to fix this before the Games.
“I understand that there are a lot of young players in Team Fiji and we need to understand each other and work in unity as where there is unity, there is team work and with a combination of both, we surely can achieve great results and return home with many medals,” Krishna added.
Team Fiji will leave our shores on July 05 and the Pacific Games will be played from July 08 to July 20.
By Nacanieli Tuilevuka