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Bond with love

Pravin Narain
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

NATIONAL football captain and Olympian, Roy Krishna, is engaged to his sweetheart, Naziah Ali.

The football star, this newspaper gathered, surprisingly proposed to his sweetheart by kneeling, with a ring in his hand and a perfect sunset background in New Zealand last week, to ask Ali's permission.

The 29-year-old Siberia lad is on his way to score the goal of his life.

Ali described it as a planned surprise from Krishna towards her and said she did not have any idea that the national football captain would go down on his knees and propose to her in New Zealand.

"We got engaged on a beach side in Auckland a week ago. I was completely taken by surprise," she said.

"It was at sunset, he went down on his knees, presented a ring and asked me to marry him.

"He even organised a few of my best friends to be there. It was so romantic."

Krishna started his football career in Labasa before moving to NZ to play for Waitakere United before moving to Auckland City and now Wellington Phoenix.

Ali, who is a journalist, said it was destiny which got them together after she interviewed him.

"We met during an interview in Wellington for the cover story for one of our magazines.

"I was in the city for a different occasion.

"We had another writer who was organised to interview him, but was not able to come, so I ended up having to interview him.

"We became friends right away. I guess it was fate," she said.

"It's been a great journey. We have been together for two years. Roy is kind, loving and very family orientated.

"He is also very disciplined and focused when it comes to his career as a professional footballer, so he understands the demands of my business, especially when it comes to meeting publication deadlines.

"Our work keeps us away from each other often, but he is very supportive and encouraging towards everything that I do, so it makes life easier.

"We haven't finalised our wedding plans yet, but it will be next year.

"We both come from mixed religious and racial backgrounds, so we have to work those out. We are currently discussing the details with our immediate families."

Krishna will arrive in the country next week to be part of the national team to play New Zealand in the 2018 FIFA Stage Three World Cup qualifiers at Churchill Park, Lautoka on March 25.








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