It is indeed a very proud moment for Fiji Football fraternity and Fiji as a whole as our wonder-boy Roy Krishna has once again added another chapter to our history books.
Last week during the A-League’s 2018-19 season awards in Australia, Krishna won the Johnny Warren Medal, the honour for the competition’s best player and the A-League’s Golden Boot award with 18 goals this season and setting a new record for Wellington Phoenix.
It is a huge achievement for a Fijian footballer to receive such a major award and he has made all Fijians proud. We are so proud that Roy has kept his name on the A-League and been the first Fijian to be honoured at the international arena.
For him being successful, it was his dedication, discipline, his passion and his humble character that has bared fruits for Krishna. He is someone is who also has Fiji at heart as he never said no to us whenever we called him for national duties representing Fiji.
It was very disappointing of the local sports fraternity not recognizing his talents and success.
Fiji Football Association will definitely organize a grand reception to honour his success when Krishna is back in the country. We have already surprised him with a special recognition award during the Vodafone Fiji/FA Awards earlier this year which was presented to him by the Manchester United legend Mikaël Silvestre and I. This time would be of no surprise because he had been creating headlines all over the world and we would fail on our duties if we do not honour him.
At this juncture, my advise to you Roy, “You are at the prime of your career and definitely you will be receiving lucrative offers from various club. You have a wife who is always supportive of your career, and remember football is not a sport for lifetime, so please make a wise decision.”
Let’s have a glimpse of highlights of his days with Wellington Phoenix.
It was in January 2014 when Krishna signed with the A-League’s Wellington Phoenix until the end of the 2013–14 season as an injury replacement for Paul Ifill, scoring his debut goal on 16 March 2014 in their 2-2 draw against the Melbourne City. His performance in the match earned him the A-League’s player of the week honors. Four days later, Krishna came to terms on a new 2-year contract with the Phoenix.
Who would have thought that Krishna was on the verge of becoming a million-dollar man?
On 18 April 2018, Krishna was named Wellington Phoenix Player of the Year and his fourth-round goal against Brisbane Roar was deemed the team’s Goal of the Year for the 2017–18 season.
On 2 December 2018, Krishna became the outright leading goal scorer for the Wellington Phoenix, overtaking previous leader Paul Ifill’s 33 goals for the club. He made A-League history on 19 January 2019, becoming the first player to score 3 consecutive braces.
His coach Mark Rudan anointed Roy Krishna “the king of Wellington Phoenix” following his hat-trick in their famous 3-2 win over Melbourne City. This was yet another great achievement to score a hat-trick in the A-League competition.
The in-form Krishna has even been recognized at the international arena early this year with the Phoenix’s new all-time leading scorer earning selection twice in the FIFA 19 Team of the Week which features world renowned stars David de Gea and Luis Suarez.
He was earlier voted Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Month for January which itself speaks a lot as far as professional football is concerned.
On 13 May 2019, Krishna was awarded the Johnny Warren Medal for his performances in the 2018/19 Hyundai A-League season and the golden boot award.
Krishna has been creating history and making headlines with his professional club Wellington Phoenix and I would like to wish him all the best for all endeavors in life.
We are with you Roy! Fiji is proud of you!