'I will make my country proud' - Kumaahran vows to impress in three months stint with Cruzeiro

The Malaysian teenager has been give the rare opportunity of a second trial and he intends to make full use of it
By Keeshaanan Sundaresan

Kumaahran was granted an initial one-month trial stint alongside four other Malaysian kids last August, in which he impressed the Cruzeiro officials immensely. Upon his return to Malaysia in September, Kumaahran's coach Jaino Matos was contacted by the Brazilian club, welcoming the 16-year-old midfielder for an extended second stint.

Indeed it's an opportunity that is not given to many, considering the wealth of talent over there itself. Nonetheless, Kumaahran accepts the chance as a blessing in disguise and vowed to give his utmost best in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

"I will definitely do my best in Cruzeiro," Kumaahran told Goal.com before departing for Brazil on Wednesday night.

"Not many people get this kind of chances and I'm aware of how tough it will be for me over there. But I'm confident of adapting and doing my best to make my country proud."

Jaino Matos, who has been preparing Kumaahran for almost six months now, claimed that the 16-year-old has the necessary attributes to shine among the talented Brazilians over there.

"I have watched him play for so long now and there's not much difference with the Brazilian kids over there. Actually the Malaysian 'kampung' style of play is almost similar to 'Samba Football'.

"Kumaahran has the potential to shine and I'm confident that he will impress the Cruzeiro coaches in Brazil."

As for Kumaahran himself, the initial trip to Brazil was an eye-opener as he explored the Brazilian way of life; something that he believes has left a great influence towards his perception of the beautiful game.

"The Brazilians, they do things way differently from us. They train differently, they eat differently, they live differently and they play football differently," he said.

"It was like being in a land of magicians because everyone seems to be able to produce something magical with the ball. All these experience has changed my view on football.

"I've been preparing  for this trip for the last six month with coach Jaino. I believe he has prepared me well to go through this trial which I believe will prove to be hard as the Cruzeiro U-17 are the current Brazilian Champions but I'm focused and confident.

"I have everything available in Cruzeiro which will be handful for me to become a successful international player."