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Johan Cruyff trusts his Cruyff Courts in Malaysia can play a part in helping the country produce top-notch footballers for the future

Johan Cruyff believes that children with proper guidance and training will go a long way into making it big in football.

The Dutch master who honed his playing skills on the streets of Amsterdam, sees the importance of having good facilities for today’s children because playing out is no longer a safe option.

“In Holland many kids harness their football skills on the road. However, playing football in the streets is risky. Now local children are able to sharpen their talent with the Iskandar Cruyff Court here and the Kuala Lumpur Cruyff Court in Brickfields,” he told The Star at the official opening of the Iskandar Cruyff Court in Johor Bahru yesterday.

Cruyff said that his Kampung Melayu Majidee facility is open to all genders and will be targeting kids who come from the lower income families as well as the ones with physical disabilities.

“This is the third such court to be open in Asia as the first was in Japan and hopefully we can find some good talents in this region, especially here,” he added.

“There are about 160 Cruyff Courts throughout the world and we hope to find good talents in the country and have world class players coming from Malaysia.”

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