Leena’s keener than ever

The Weekend Post - - Sport -

TOM SMITHIES THERE’S quite a few ticks on Leena Khamis’ re­sume, but that doesn’t make any dif­fer­ence to her hunger for more suc­cess.

Af­ter 10 years at Syd­ney FC, Khamis has won two pre­mier­ships, been a W-League cham­pion once and a Golden Boot win­ner as well. But the 31-yearold will start all over again to­day in the semi-fi­nal with New­cas­tle, as driven to win as she was on day one.

“That doesn’t change from year one to year 10,” she said. “I’ve had a few in­juries along the way, and if that teaches me any­thing it’s to take ev­ery sea­son as it comes. As a foot­baller you never know what’s around the cor­ner.

“I play foot­ball be­cause I love it, noth­ing else. I’ll play un­til I phys­i­cally can’t any­more, but while I can con­trib­ute I want more and more.

“What makes this fi­nals se­ries even more al­lur­ing is the dread­ful start Syd­ney had, los­ing their first three games un­der a new coach and with a largely in­ex­pe­ri­enced side. To be hon­est, I think ev­ery­one wrote us off,” Khamis said. “It felt like our worst start in 10 years, but fun­nily enough as a team we never lost faith.

“One thing I’ve no­ticed is that the league seems to get closer ev­ery year. No one was run­ning away with it, you saw the top four was only fi­nalised in the fi­nal round.”

In the other semi-fi­nal, mi­nor pre­miers Bris­bane Roar to­mor­row host Mel­bourne City at Perry Park, with kick­off at 4pm.

STILL FO­CUSED: Leena Khamis of Syd­ney FC has an in­sa­tiable hunger for suc­cess. Pic­ture: GETTY

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