Sean is glad he chose foot­ball over squash

New Straits Times - - Sport - Ajit­pal Singh

SEAN Eu­gene Sel­varaj was equally good in squash and foot­ball in his younger days but chose the lat­ter as a ca­reer.

The 21-year-old, who is part of Ong Kim Swee’s 27-mem­ber train­ing squad for the Sea Games, rep­re­sented Ne­gri Sem­bi­lan not only in foot­ball but also in squash when he was in pri­mary school.

“I played in the CIMB Na­tional Ju­nior Cir­cuit in 2007, but I gave it up af­ter that to fo­cus on foot­ball. I was en­cour­aged to play foot­ball when I was seven years old by my grand­fa­thers, one of whom was a ref­eree while the other played the game in com­pe­ti­tions in his es­tate,” said Sean, who grew up in Lukut, Port Dick­son, yes­ter­day.

“I ded­i­cate all my achieve­ments to my mother, Elvira Michell Danker. My par­ents sep­a­rated when I was 11 years old.

“My mother brought me up and my other two sib­lings, and I hope to re­pay her one day by be­com­ing a suc­cess­ful foot­baller.”

The striker, who is a mem­ber of Ne­gri’s Pres­i­dent Cup squad, spent three years at the Tunku Is­mail Sports School, be­fore join­ing the now-de­funct Young Tigers C in 2014 in the FAM Cup, where he scored six goals.

In 2015, Sean moved back to Ne­gri, where he has been play­ing in the Pres­i­dent Cup since then.

Sean and is cur­rently the lead­ing scorer for Ne­gri’s Pres­i­dent Cup team with 11 goals. He has also played se­nior matches for Ne­gri’s Pre­mier League team. Last year, he made five ap­pear­ances and net­ted two goals.

Sean’s for­tunes with the na­tional youth team have im­proved since Kim Swee was reap­pointed as the coach in March.

He was part of the team that were on tour in China, where they played three matches, in June. He made the start­ing line up in one match and came on as a sub­sti­tute in the other two games.

“I must thank the coach for giv­ing me a break in in­ter­na­tional youth foot­ball. I owe him a lot. The ex­po­sure will def­i­nitely make me a bet­ter player,” said Sean.

Sean Eu­gene Sel­varaj ded­i­cates his suc­cess to his mother Elvira Michell Danker who brought him up as a sin­gle par­ent.

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