Khamis’s Golden season spurs Sydney FC
It was the powerful combination of raw ability and bright orange boots that brought success for Sydney FC’s Leena Khamis this season, with the passionate forward claiming a Golden Boot for her cupboard as well after finishing top goal-scorer in the inaugural Westfield W-League competition.
It was the powerful combination of raw ability and bright orange boots that brought success for Sydney FC-s Leena Khamis this season, with the passionate forward claiming a Golden Boot for her cupboard as well after finishing top goal-scorer in the inaugural Westfield W-League competition.
With seven successful strikes to her name in ten games, the Campbelltown local says she-s always thrived on the challenge of leading the attack.
“It-s a good feeling to score and football-s all about scoring so I love it,” she explained.
The Sky Blues began their campaign with a string of good results, then overcame a late-season lull to climb back into finals contention, and it-s no coincidence Khamis was at the heart of most of Sydney-s success.
“It-s not so much about having the limelight or anything like that but to get the winning goal in those dying moments is unreal,” she said.
The 22-year-old stood her ground as the League-s top scorer for the entire season, holding off the likes of Queensland-s Courtney Beutel and Newcastle-s Katie Gill, despite a dry patch over the final few rounds.
“Obviously scoring for my team was always my priority but I did know where I was coming on the ladder and that did serve me a whole heap of motivation,” admitted Khamis
The next job for the Golden Boot winner is to try and lead her side to a Grand Final appearance by shooting Sydney to a Semi Final victory over title favourite, Queensland.
“It-s been an amazing experience and now to make the finals - we-re really looking forward to the challenge,” stated Khamis.
The Sky Blue women will face the mighty Roar this Sunday in an elimination clash in Brisbane.
The contest will kick-off at Ballymore Stadium at 3pm Queensland time and will be shown live on ABC from 4pm in Sydney.