04 Januari, 2008


(Petikan dari 'the star online' - Sabtu, 22 Disember 2007)

Proving their mettle


THERE is no dearth of young talents in football. This was evident during TV3's nation wide Soccer Kids programme to identify potential players in the Under-12 age group.

The coaching panel comprising former international Ong Kim Swee, Mohamed Asri Ninggal, Yong Wai Hwang and Sazali Mohamed Waras had been involved in the Soccer Kids programme.

Ong, who had played for Malacca and Sarawak in the M-League, said about 15,000 children had taken part in the programme.

After an evaluation and weeding process, the coaching panel had picked 24 players and finally 16 were named for a friendly match against the visiting Vissel Kobe.

Ong said the selected players had undergone a rigorous training programme and they showed a lot of commitment.

“After monitoring the players, I don’t think we have any shortage of young talents. The most important thing is how we groom them for the bigger challenge ahead. We have to draw up a more intensive training programme for them.

“The FA of Malaysia (FAM) and Education Ministry have been involved in this programme. So there is every possibility for the selected players to join Bandar Penawar Sports School (BPSS) in Johor,” said Ong.

While undergoing centralised training, Soccer Kids had played a series of friendly matches. They had defeated Royal Selangor Club (7-0); Brazilian Football Academy (4-2); Bangsar Youth Soccer Club (3-1); and drew with Youth Football Academy (1-1).

Against Vissel Kobe at the Petaling Jaya Stadium in Kelana Jaya recently, Soccer Kids showed their mettle and notched a slim 1-0 win. Shahrul Aiman Suhaimi scored the winning goal.

Mohamed Sharul Hakim was named as the winner of the Tiger Hero award. He was also voted as the best midfielder.

Adman Aidil Iskandar Rosli was named as the best striker while the best goalkeeper award went to Muhammad Anis Ismail and Muhammad Irfan Zakaria won the best defender award.

TV3 chief executive officer Datuk Seri Farid Ridzuan said they initiated the programme to provide a platform for young children aged below 12 a chance to learn the basics involved in football.



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