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.