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Krishna top favourite to win Fiji Football Player of the Year Award

Zanzeer Singh
Saturday, March 22, 2014

WELLINGTON Phoenix's new signing Roy Krishna is the favourite to take out the Global Flight Centre/Fiji Football Association 2013 men's player of the year award at the annual presentations in Lautoka this evening.

Krishna created history last year by becoming the first Fijian to score a goal in the FIFA Club World Cup in Morocco.

The 26-year-old equalised for his Auckland City team against Moroccan league champions Raja Casablanca in the second spell but it was not enough as the host club fired back in injury time to secure a 2-1 victory which marked Auckland City's exit from the tournament.

After his FIFA World Club performance Krishna was snapped up by Wellington Phoenix as an injury cover.

On Thursday Krishna penned a two-year deal with the club after being named as the best player of the competition last week.

Krishna shot to fame at the 2007 Oceania Under-20 playoffs ending up with the golden boot award.

Following his success with the national U20 side he landed a contract with Waitakere United.

Krishna won the 2008-2009 Southern Trust New Zealand Football club player of the year award, scoring eight times in 11 games for Waitakere United.

He made 103 appearances for Waitakere United from 2008 to 2013 scoring 72 goals before joining Auckland City.

Despite his illustrious career, Krishna is yet to win Fiji FA's top award.

He was voted as the most popular player in 2007, 2008 and 2011.

Krishna will be up against Nadi goalkeeper Benaminio Matainaqara and Ba stalwart Kiniviliame Naika.

The popular footballer award is the lone category which will be decided through public voting via a mobile promotion.

Suva dominated the annual awards last year taking out most of the categories.

The awards will be held at the Tanoa Waterfront Hotel starting at 6.30pm.

2013 Global Flight Centre/Fiji FA Awards Nominees: Male Footballer of the Year-Roy Krishna (Labasa FA/ Wellington Phoenix), Beniaminio Mataniqara (Nadi FA), Kiniviliame Naika (Ba FA); Female Footballer of the Year- Naomi Tinanimotea Waqanidrola (Rewa FA), Adiela Kurukaba (Ba FA); Junior Footballer of the Year- Iosefo Verevou (Rewa FA), Mataisi Toma (Nadi FA), Rohnil Ram (Tailevu Naitasiri FA); Administrator of the Year Super Premier Division-Navneeda Goundar (Nadi FA), Rishikendra Kumar (Ba FA), Vijay Singh (Nadroga FA), Nazeel Buksh (Rewa FA); Administrator of the Year Premier Division-Zahid Hussein (Taveuni FA), Sureshwar Prasad (Tailevu Naitasiri FA), Ami Chand (Dreketi FA); Coach of the Year-Kamal Swamy (Nadi FA), Yogendra Dutt (Ba FA), Nigel Khan (Rewa FA), Billy Habib Hussein (Taveuni FA); Fair Play Award- Rishikendra Kumar (Ba FA), Munit Krishna (Nadi FA), Ravendra Nadan (Tailevu Naitasiri); Team of the Year: Nadi FA, Ba FA, Nadroga FA; Media Personal of the Year-Waisea Nasokia (Fiji Sun), Irfaan Khan (Fiji TV), Kunal Keshneel (Fiji Live), Reginald Chandar (Fiji Live); Referee of the Year-Rakesh Chandra (Lautoka Referees Association).

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