Riana Nainggolan Proud of Twin Brother Radja

Roma Press spoke exclusively to Riana Nainggolan, twin sister of Roma midfielder Radja and midfielder for Royal Antwerp FC Vrouwen.

The city…
“I do feel right at home because Radja is there. I have gone to Italy plenty of times already so it does not feel like I’m a tourist anymore. But it’s nice to know that my brother is already there and knows the city well. He is my twin brother so we have a strong connection and it’s nice to maybe be close to him again.”

Initial thoughts on Radja’s short tenure with Roma?
“Im so proud of him! He is doing very well I think. I do believe he is maybe playing a little bit too safe but that is because it is a new team and of course you do not want to make mistakes. But I know soon he will be more comfortable and we will see it in his playing. He is still finding his way also, a new team, a new city, new fans, new teamplayers. You have to adapt first to everything but again, I remember the first match he played with Roma and I think he did a very good debut.”

What are some things on the pitch you’re better at than Radja? What areas can you and Radja both improve on?
“We kind of have the same style. Only he is the male form and I am the female form, but if Radja was also a girl, I would be better (laughs)! It’s funny but this is also the same. Radja and me should try to be more selfish. Sometimes in front of the goal when we have the chance to shoot we pass the ball. But that is a difficult decision because if you are selfish and you miss…”

The Editor of RomaPress.us, John has been covering Italian football as a freelance journalist for over 10 years and has appeared in various publications including ASRoma.com, EuroFantasyLeague.com, and ESPN.