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Roy picked Striker of the Decade

The media panel consisted of Terry Maddaford (former NZ Herald football writer), Michael Burgess (A NZ football writer of the year) and Gordon Glen Watson (the current head of Oceania Football Confederation media). #Krishna has made 75 appearances in the NZ ASB premiership and scored a total of 55 goals while featuring for Waitakere and Auckland City.#In a report on the ASB premiership website quoted Maddaford saying “there is only one man for whom the title ASB Premiership Striker of the Decade belongs: Roy Krishna”. #”Anyone who saw Krishna burst on the scene for Fiji in the OFC U-20 Championship tournament at Trusts Stadium a few years ago quickly recognised a special talent,” he says. #”For Chris James to be named as the Player of the Tournament was one of the worst possible decisions and a slight on Krishna who was simply outstanding. For reasons best known by Ricki Herbert and Brian Turner, #Krishna did not get his chance at the Phoenix but now has the opportunity to show that special skill he has in combining pace with goal scoring ability.” Maddaford told the ASB Premiership website.#Burgess echoed similar sentiments. #”It’s a simple equation – if you had taken Krishna out of the mix over the last few seasons the suspicion remains that the destination of the ASB Premiership league titles (and many Super City derby results) may have been slightly different,” Burgess says.#”The west Auckland franchise always had an extremely solid team but the Fijian provided that X factor, his pace and precise finishing able to unlock the best defences.”#Watson likewise picked Krishna for the top striker slot. #”I pick Roy based on his goals-to-games ratio and the fact Waitakere have won four titles in a row. But when you look at the early years of the ASB Premiership and the impact players like Paul Urlovic and Grant Young #had for Auckland City when they lifted three in a row, then you immediately see a dilemma,” he says.#”We’re almost comparing two very different eras and it comes down to small details – winning domestic trophies and scoring top quality and important goals. I have to mention Keryn Jordan who for me stands out as #a very special footballer with Allan Pearce another who may not be the most glamorous choice on the list but his longevity, goalscoring prowess and title success is, in its own right, worthy of mention.”#Krishna recently signed a professional football contract with the Wellington Phoenix franchise which is part of the A-League. # Fiji FA MEDIA #

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