August 08, 2022
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Krishna achieves childhood dream

19-year-old Amitesh Krishna achieved his childhood dream when he donned a Suva jersey in the Digicel Premier League yesterday against Nadi at the HFC Bank Stadium.

The youngster impressed with speed and silky skills and delivered some good crosses from the right midfield.

Speaking to FijLive after the match, Krishna could not contain his emotions and said wearing a white jersey was something he aimed for while growing up.

He said although they lost the match 1-0, he has learned a lot and cherished every moment spent on the field.

"I felt really happy wearing the Suva jersey for the first time."

"It was my dream since I started playing football when I was a child."

"One of my uncles inspired me to play football. He used to live near my house and played football back in the 90s but now he is in New Zealand."

"I started off playing football as a goalkeeper at the age of three and then from there he and my school teachers encouraged me to play as a defender then told me to try midfield which I really like."

"My favourite player is Christiano Ronaldo because I have always seen him play since childhood and always follow his football."

"I always try to use his skills on the field and I do fail and sometimes I’m able to do it but it’s about learning and gaining experience."

"In the next five years, I want to see myself in the Fiji team."

The former Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School student said getting selected into the district team wasn’t easy.

"I was playing in the youth team, so our under 19 coach told us to play good football, show our best and then the main team coach Babs Khan came to see one of our recent games and I got selected."

"Three of us got selected into the main team and we had to really train hard and fight for a spot."

"We had to sweat on and off the field. Play our best football and keep up with the training. Making in the starting 11 and getting game time in the Under 19 team was key to our selection."

"We had to show the best of our abilities and football."

The Rifle Range Vatuwaqa resident is determined to work hard on his fitness level and is eager for more game time with senior players in the team.

"It was my first game, it was a bit tough. My fitness was not there."

"Nadi was also a really new team for me. They were a tough opponent for me."

"But I feel I need to improve my fitness so that I can fit in the team."

"I need to work on that and also I need to know more about the players and play more of district level football to gain experience and adjust myself into the team."

"Cross and attempt towards the goal mouth, dribble well and pass the short, make curling shit so that my team mates can convert the ball into goal."

"Sometimes my left is even better, especially when I take a strong short that reaches the goalmouth."

"I will improve my fitness and passing," he said.

He also acknowledged Fiji Football Association for allowing districts to have two Under 19 reps in the competitions and acknowledged Suva Football President Ritesh Pratap for giving him game time.

"I like to thank the Fiji FA and the Suva team President and officials for allowing the Under 19 players in the district teams."

"Had they not allowed that none of us youth players would have played in the main team because there is more experienced players and we would not have got a chance."

"It’s a good thing that we have got a chance to play at district level at such age and we get game time and we just need to improve our game and those things will matter in the near future when the senior players move on from football and then we will take their places."

"So it's good that youth players get developed from such an age and I feel really proud that I got to play in the Suva team," he added.

By Romeka Romena   


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