Naumoff: Reds record no concern
Naumoff has been carrying an injury of late but told FourFourTwo he will be fine for the elimination final at Allianz Stadium, and confirmed marquee marksman Marc Janko is also ready to go.
“My elbow injury that I picked up in the Wellington Phoenix game, I got some treatment after the game and it’s actually fine now,” he said.
“I’ve been training full since then. Marc’s been training, he’s looking great as usual. I’m sure he’ll be fine for the game.”
The Sky Blues and Adelaide United have played each other four times this season, three times in the A-League and once in the FFA Cup, and the NSW outfit has failed to win any of the encounters.
However, Naumoff doesn’t believe this is playing on the minds of Sydney FC’s squad.
“I don’t think the players are concerned at all by a fact like that,” he said.
“Most players probably don’t even think about it, especially going into a final game. I think everyone’s just focused on their jobs and the main objective is to get to the grand final.
“They’re a great team and we’ve always had great games when we’ve played them, especially this season. It’s another tough game but it’s a semi-final and it’s elimination football so we’re going for the win.”
Namuoff has been a regular fixture on the left wing in Graham Arnold’s starting XI in the past few months and has racked up 22 appearances this season. The 19-year is looking forward to playing in his first A-League finals game.
“Obviously I’m very excited,” he said.
“It’ll be a new experience for me but I’m just going into the game the same I would for any other game in the season. All the boys are preparing the same way. It should be exciting at home, hopefully we get a good turnout as well.”
“I’m starting a lot more of the games after the Asian Cup break. It’s been great, I enjoy obviously starting every week and getting more minutes under my belt.
“I guess I can only keep looking forward to that and keep trying to keep my position in the starting team. This season I’ve been more of a winger. The left or right wing, or anywhere in an attacking role I enjoy playing in.”
The Young Socceroo said he has learned a lot from playing up front alongside Alex Brosque, Janko, Shane Smeltz and Bernie Ibini.
“Unbelievable talent, especially in the front third, and playing alongside players like that can only do me good,” Naumoff said.
“You learn new things every day at training, or whether it be in games on the weekend. But you just try and take in as much as you can from those kinds of players.”
The midfielder nicknamed ‘Kiki’, who came through the ranks at Sydney FC after joining the club four years ago, said it would be unbelievable to reach the grand final.
“I think Sydney as a team – we’ve had a great season this year,” Naumoff added.
“We’ve had some good highs and some lows with some injuries and results and things like that. To make the grand final and to win it would top off a great season for us really.”