Vodafone national football captain Roy Krishna will be the flag bearer for Team Fiji to the South Pacific Games in Samoa next month.
This was confirmed during the Team Fiji’s assembly on Saturday in Suva.
Fiji FA chief executive officer Mohammed acknowledged FASANOC for considering Roy’s as the flag bearer.
“I think it is a very important appointment because his achievements for 2018/2019 season is his reflection on how discipline, how dedicated he was with his approach to football and achieved so many awards with his former club Wellington Phoenix,” said Yusuf.
Yusuf said it was unfortunate that he missed out the 2018 Sportsman of the Year award during the Fiji Sports Awards Night.
“Unfortunately he missed out the 2018 Fiji Sportsman of the Year award in which Fiji FA was disappointed but now FASANOC has recognised him.”
“I think this will be the second time in history if I can recall a footballer has been given an opportunity to be the flag bearer during the SPG. I think it was former Ba rep Akuila Rover way back, “said Yusuf.
He said it would be great opportunity for Roy to carry the Fiji Flag.
“It will be great opportunity for Roy to carry the nation’s flag for the opening ceremony and he will be hit in Samoa as lot of people in Samoa know him about his achievement.”
“Roy will also attract lot of overseas media to the games especially the Indian media because immediately after the Pacific Games he will be joining his new club in India, “said Yusuf.
Yusuf said Fiji FA was extremely pleased with Roy’s appointment and achievement.
“Last week he was in Wellington receiving the Wellington Sportsman of the Year award where he beat Hurricanes and All Blacks halfback TJ Perenara, Storm NRL forward Nelson Asofa-Solomona and top amateur golfer Daniel Hillier which is another biggest achievement for him,” said Yusuf.
He confirmed that Roy would be part of the team during the presentation of i-ta-tau to president this week.