20 Jul 2022

Sports news in brief

2:56 pm on 20 July 2022

Krishna staying in India, Samoa top Nations Cup group stage, and AS Pirae's remarkable turnaround

Fiji star Krishna to stay in India Super League

Fiji Football captain Roy Krishna will spend another season in the Indian Super League after signing a one-year deal with Bengaluru FC.

Krishna will play alongside Indian captain Sunil Chettri in the forward line.

Fiji's Roy Krishna

Photo: Oceania Football center

He was linked with a return to A-League side Wellington Phoenix but told FBC Sports he has a lot of hunger to prove himself in the Indian League.

Krishna spent three season with another Indian side, ATK Mohun Bagan, the first Fijian to play in the top division in the country.

He was the joint top goal scorer twice and the winner of the golden ball in the 2020-21 season.

Stewart's strike seals win for Samoa

Jayda Stewart's first-half goal ensured Samoa won Group A at the Oceania Women's Nations Cup with a 1-0 triumph over the Cook Islands.

Despite the loss, the Cook Islands progress to the quarter-finals after finishing second in the group, ahead of Tonga on goal difference.

Samoa head coach Paul Ifill said the team played well and deserved the win.

He said he saw an improvement on their performance in the first game, the 2-0 victory over Tonga.

Tahiti champs regain league title with incredible run

AS Pirae have completed a miraculous turnaround to win Tahiti's Ligue 1 football league on the final day of the season.

It's the third straight title for Pirae which now contests the Oceania Champions League.

Pirae defeated AS Dragon 2-1 to jump into first place.

In mid-May, Pirae looked like firm outsiders with Dragon and AS Venus the more likely title-winning candidates.

However, both dropped points in recent weeks while Pirae have gone on a 10-game winning streak.

Enock thank GAPS scheme for getting her to Birmingham

Vanuatu's Para athlete Elie Enock says she would not have achieved her dream of reaching the Commonwealth Games without the Gather, Adjust, Prepare, Sustain (GAPS) programme.

Enock was one of more than 30 Para athletes from 15 Commonwealth nations and territories training at the University of Birmingham in preparation for the Games which start on July 28.

The six-day training camp is part of the GAPS scheme that aims to support emerging athletes and coaches from Commonwealth countries.

The initiative has been devised by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) in conjunction with Griffith University in Queensland in Australia.

Enock first attended the GAPS programme in April and is now set to compete in sitting shot put and powerlifting at the Games.

"This GAPS training camp is really helpful because most of the Para athletes didn't have good coaches and we are not the best athletes," she told the insidethegames website," she said.

"We are so happy that GAPS involved us as it helps us to see our weaknesses and where we need to adjust our training.

"If it wasn't for GAPS, I would not have made it to the Commonwealth Games."