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Krishna sharpens soccer skills

Theresa Ralogaivau
Tuesday, June 29, 2010

STAR striker Roy Krishna is keeping his skills sharp mentoring young boys and playing with the Siberia side while waiting to resume his professional career at Waitakare United.

Krishna, who played in the 3-0 loss match to Suva last weekend, said he kept playing for fitness despite returning to Fiji for rest and recuperation from a knee injury.

"It's passion for the game of soccer, I just love soccer and if I could I would be playing it the whole day," he said.

The boy, who once dreamed of becoming a mechanic, never imagined a professional soccer career.

"I knew I had skills, just not that much," he said.

Beside the gravelled road to the largely cane farming community of Siberia, lies a rough playing field where Krishna first kicked a soccer ball, a crude replacement of plastic bags scrunched and balled up.

He was just about eight years old and was drafted into the U8 side while at St Mary's Primary.

He kicked his way up the ladder at All Saints Secondary where he studied forms one to six.

In 2006, he qualified for the northern U19 side playing midfield and caught the eye of Juan Carlos Buzetti and a soccer star was born.

He made his debut for Fiji as a member of the U20 side at the 2007 South Pacific Games and a year later joined Waitakere United.

"It's always hard coming in from a small nation like Fiji and playing against veteran professionals," he said. "I wanted to do my best, show them I'm just as capable if not better.

"But they've really helped with blocking and defence techniques.

"I'm out there flying the Fiji flag high and so I need to give it my best shot."