Hami Syahin and Amiruldin Asraf have been given the opportunity of a lifetime, as they headed to Germany for a 12-day training stint at the Eintracht Frankfurt Academy.
The duo, 16 and 17 respectively, were picked after they impressed during the Canon Lion City Cup last year. Hami won the Most Valuable Player award during the tournament, while Amiruldin’s Man-of-the Match performance for his team earned him the right to go for the trip as a replacement for Gareth Low, who was unable to accept the offer because of a long-term injury.
They will be attached with their respective age-group teams and experience first-hand the training and facilities of the academy. As a bonus, they will also be watching a Bundesliga game between Eintracht Frankfurt and SC Freiburg live.
Red Card’s event manager Ramu Balasubramaniam, who accompanied the boys for the trip, is confident that the trip will be beneficial for the boys’ football development.
“Training with the bigger boys from the age group will definitely benefit them,” he told Goal Singapore. “They have to learn as much as possible within the 12 days, so when they come back they have to definitely be better than their peers in the National Football Academy (NFA) team."
“This trip will give them a better understanding and knowledge of the game. Being in Europe, they will be looking at different styles of play. I hope they will learn more and it will make them a better player when they come back.”
As for the boys, they are eager to show off their talents in a European setting, as they dream of playing football in this region.
Hami, for one, is confident in his ability and hopes that the club would want to sign him on a permanent basis eventually
“It’s going to be a challenge for me,” he said. “But I’m just going to do my normal thing, give my all in training and show them that I’m capable of doing something. When they came for the Lion City Cup, they were all big-sized. But I think size is not a matter. The intensity is going to be higher. But I’m confident of my ability."
“Since when I was younger, I've wanted to play for an overseas club, so if they offer me the chance, I’d be more than happy to sign.”
Likewise, Amiruldin, whose father is former international Nordin Khalil, would jump at the chance of plying his trade in Europe.
“My dad advised me to train hard and not be shy there, to just show my skills,” he shared. “I plan to get the experience of playing higher-level football so when I come back here I can be sharper with my skills and style of playing."
“If there’s any chance I can play other country, maybe if I perform well in Frankfurt, they will consider me to be in their team. That’s my dream: to play in Europe.”