Krishna gets cit­i­zen­ship

Nelson Mail - - Sport -

The Welling­ton Phoenix can sign an­other im­port in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow, after the club’s all-time lead­ing scorer Roy Krishna was granted New Zealand cit­i­zen­ship at a cer­e­mony in the cap­i­tal yes­ter­day.

‘‘We’re ex­tremely pleased, there’s no doubt it. We’ve been work­ing on it for quite some time and you never know if these things are go­ing to go in your favour or not but when it came through last week we were pretty pleased about it,’’ gen­eral man­ager David Dome said.

De­spite liv­ing in the coun­try for the past decade, the 31-year-old was con­sid­ered an im­port in the A-League as he was not a cit­i­zen of Aus­tralia or New Zealand. As a Fi­jian in­ter­na­tional he is in­el­i­gi­ble to play for the All Whites.

Hav­ing one of their best play­ers counted as a lo­cal is a mas­sive coup for the ninth­placed Phoenix, as they can now strengthen the squad with an­other over­seas re­cruit.

Diogo Jota, right, cel­e­brates with team-mates after scor­ing Wolves’ sec­ond goal in the 2-1 win over Chelsea yes­ter­day.

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