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The Sarawak defensive midfielder is currently on national duty with Datuk K. Rajagopal's squad in Japan, but he has released an open letter to fans

Hello everyone!

First of all, I would like to thank all Malaysians for their support as it has been immense in the past few months. I only started playing football for Sarawak in April and the level of encouragement that I have received from everyone is terrific. Never thought I would make it to the national team but here I am, and I have to credit that to all the support from fans as well.

However, there are some things I would like to clarify so that all of us remain on the same page together. My name in the Passport is Putera Nadher Amarhan and that is undoubtedly my official name in Malaysia as of now. However, I took my fathers name who has been inspiring to me since the age of two into my name; Junior Eldstal. I have applied to change my name here as well, and it is pending approval for now. Thus it would be brilliant if you guys could refer to me as Junior Eldstal, my family name which I am proud of.

Speaking about that, I would also like to mention that I'm actually a Christian, although my official name may portray that I'm a Muslim. I have been a Christian all my life and that explains the tattoos on my body. But at the same time, I have always and will always respect other religions as well.

Being part of this Malaysian community is a new experience for me, but it has been nothing short of exhilarating so far. I would like to thank everyone, including Scott Ollerenshaw, who got me the opportunity to play here , and of course Robert Alberts and Sarawak FA who took a chance on me when no one else would. Similarly, I would like to thank all the fans for the support and i will continue to give 100 per cent in my football career

Cheers everyone!

Sincerely,

Junior Eldstal

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