Sarawak midfielder Junior Eldstal believes that his debut for the Malaysian national team was a proud moment.
The 19 year-old defensive midfielder featured for the Malayan Tigers in their matches against Chonburi FC and Chelsea and despite playing only a total of 20 minutes in those games, it was more than enough for Eldstal, who has big aspirations.
"It felt absolutely amazing and I was honoured to play for the national team," Eldstal told Goal Malaysia exclusively.
"But it is just a step in where I want to be. I need to keep pushing myself and definitely keep my feet on the ground.
The Sabah-born player, who has Swedish blood in him, only arrived at the Malaysian football scene in April, when he signed for East Malaysian side, Sarawak FA. Since then, he has inspired them to the Malaysian Premier League crown, while also playing a crucial role in a season where they remained unbeaten.
"Winning the Premier League with Sarawak was one of the most amazing moments in my life. Not only being unbeaten but also with a bunch of guys who fully deserved it.
"The Sarawak FA management works so hard and the support from fans was immense as well. To complete an entire season staying unbeaten, just goes to show other teams in Malaysia that we are a team to be spoken about.
His performances never went unnoticed and now he is already in Datuk K. Rajagopal's squad. The Malayan Tigers departed for Japan yesterday, where they will be for 10 days and play two matches against J-League sides; something that Junior is looking forward to.
"I'm looking forward to the games in Japan as it will be to gain fitness and also ensure that we are all sharp and focus for the upcoming games. We are determined to shine against Barcelona and most importantly in that game against Bahrain in October."