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Krishna tipped to lead

The tour will see the A-League club take on the Fiji national team, while the Phoenix Premiers will face the Fiji U-23 side which is gearing up for next month’s OFC Olympic Qualifiers.
The matches will be played across two venues, kicking off on Saturday 27 June in Suva before the teams travel to Ba on Tuesday 30 June.
Fiji coach Carlos Buzzetti says he’s pleased Krishna has chosen to join the national team as they take on the region’s only professional club.
“He has opted to play for his country first and I’ve very happy he will be playing for our national team against his own club team,” Buzzetti says.
For the Labasa-native, the tour provides a good chance for Fiji to spend some time together with the FIFA World Cup qualifiers just around the corner.
“Hopefully the boys are looking forward to the game because it’s a big opportunity for them as well to prove to coaches that they can play at international level, and hopefully some of them can get a contract,” Krishna says.
Buzzetti has named a side with experience, with the majority of his senior side already having several international caps.
“Most of the players have played together in our last Olympic team and it’s not difficult training them together,” Buzzetti says.
“I’m really happy with the players’ fitness levels and enthusiasm in representing the country against a team like Wellington Phoenix. We have a 21-member ssquad currently in camp and preparing well for the fixtures.
“With the inclusion of our wonder boy Roy Krishna the morale of the players has really been boosted.”
Fiji squad: Akuila Seruvatu Mateisuva Ilisoni Logaivau Tuinawaivuvu, Amani Makoe Valebalavu, Samuela Ibo Kautoga, Alvin Singh, Romuero Tekiate, Jesse Ilimotama, Zibraaz Hanif Sahib, Roy Krishna, Malakai Tiwa, Osea Vakatalesau, Taione Bola Kerevanua, Muni Krishna Samuela Jnr Drudru, Esava Naqeleca Samudere, Avinesh Waran Suwamy, JoneVesikula Peniame Drova, Abu Zahid Saheed, Simione Moci Tamanisau, Dave Radrigai, Alifereti Dickson.
Wellington Phoenix Squad:
Contracted Players: Glen Moss (Goalkeeper), Manny Muscat (Midfielder), Roly Bonevacia (Defender), Alejandro Gorrin Rodriguez (Midfielder), Nathan Burns (Forward), Michael McGlinchy (Midfielder), Kwabena Appiah (Forward), Albert Riera (Midfielder), Vince Lia (Midfielder), Ben Sigmund (Defender), Thomas Doyle (Defender), Lewis Italiano (Goalkeeper), Andrew Durante (Defender), Matthew Ridenton (Midfielder)
Premiers Players:
Justin Gulley (Fullback), Xavier Pratt (Midfielder), Tamupiwa Dimairo (Fullback), Christian Johnson (Defender), Cherbel Khouchaba (Midfielder), Marcel Kampman (Goalkeeper), Ruairi Cahill-Fleury (Forward), Sam Wilson (Fullback), Sam Gillespie (Midfielder), Washington Bgoni (Goalkeeper), Sapreet Singh (Midfielder), Joe Bell (Midfielder), Sam Philip (Centre Back), James McGarry (Midfielder), Nathaniel Hailemariam (Forward), Luke Tongue (Right Back)
For more on Fiji football visit fijifootball.com.fj.
For more on the Wellington Phoenix www.wellingtonphoenix.com


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