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Stepping stone to Europe

Arin Kumar
Wednesday, January 08, 2014

NATIONAL coaching director Juan Carlos Buzzetti believes Roy Krishna can use the A-League as a stepping stone to get to Europe.

Yesterday it was revealed the Labasa lad had signed a professional contract with Wellington Phoenix side and will compete in the A-League for the remainder of the 2014 season.

Buzzetti said it was his dream to play in Europe one day and the dream could become reality in a year or two.

"He was supposed to go the Europe for trials with a club in Spain and one in England last year but he could not go because he had applied for permanent residence in New Zealand," he said.

"But after June or July this year, he can leave and so maybe he will get another shot if he impresses in the A-League.

"He can use the A-League to showcase his talent to the whole world and I think he could get another chance to go to Europe."

The Uruguayan said Krishna's opportunity was fantastic news for Fiji and the younger players of the country should learn from him.

Labasa Football Association president Rayaz Khan echoed similar sentiments.

"It's a proud moment for not only Labasa but for the whole of Fiji," he said.

"This should motivate players who have the potential to make the right sacrifices in life and try and better their playing career."