The 23-year-old winner of the inaugural Goal Singapore Football Awards' top women's player accolade was delighted at the recognitionShe started playing the sport when she was just 14-years-old challenging boys in street football, having been introduced to it by her father and brothers. But just under 10 years later, the soft-spoken Singapore international is the first ever winner of Goal Singapore Football Awards' Women's Player of the Year.
Kamaliah Hashim, who works as a full-time personal fitness trainer, spoke of how she has dedicated almost her entire life to football as she was presented the award by Goal's Marketing Manager (Asia), Amy de Groot.
Having entered the national team set-up at a young age, and being called up at various age group levels, Kamaliah went on to make the senior team and currently plies her trade with the Young Women's side in the FAS Women's Premier League.
She acknowledged that it was her hardwork and determination that won her the award, but also that she could not have done it without the input of her team-mates
"I feel proud for winning this award, I really trained every day, off and on the field," Kamaliah stated when asked about her achievement.
"But at the same time I don't think I'd be receiving this award without the team. It's a team effort. If you don't work hard you won't get to where you want to be. It's about all this little effort that everyone puts in."
The 23-year-old who emerged as one of the top scorers in the FAS Challenge Cup, and also managed to score a hat-trick in the final to help her team to the title, revealed that she would ultimately like to turn professional and ply her trade abroad.
Kamaliah highlighted fellow nominee, Ernie Sulastri, who finished top in the public polls for the Goal Singapore Football Awards, and was the runner-up for the honour, as an example that she would like to emulate.
"I'm very happy for Ernie, she'll be the first professional women's player to play in Japan," she said of the H20-ITE midfielder who will be playing in the women's J-League next year following a successful recent trial.
"Hopefully I'll get the chance too someday. I don't mind being a personal trainer but football has been everything for me since young."
Goal Singapore would like to congratulate Kamaliah and all her fellow nominees on their achievements!