‘Mil­lion dol­lar feet’ search is on

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

PE­TAL­ING JAYA: Two tal­ented young foot­ballers will get to play at pro­fes­sional level and even sign up with one of the many top foot­ball clubs of Europe in the Mil­lion Dol­lar Feet (MDF) foot­ball com­pe­ti­tion.

To earn this op­por­tu­nity of a life­time, the duo must par­tic­i­pate in the com­pe­ti­tion that is sup­ported by the Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry and spon­sored by Brick­fields Asia Col­lege (BAC).

MDF Foot­ball direc­tor Peter de Kretser said the duo must prove that they have the tal­ent to play foot­ball at pro­fes­sional level.

“The dream is for a Malaysian kid to sign a pro­fes­sional con­tract and pave the way for more young Malaysians to crack it big time on the big stage,” he said.

Kretser said that MDF will go to Pe­nang next week­end (Sept 24 and 25), Pa­hang (Oct 1 and 2), Sarawak (Oct 8 and 9), Jo­hor (Oct 14 and 15) and Kuala Lumpur (Oct 21 and 22) to con­duct a se­ries of try-outs, drills and com­pe­ti­tions to find the best of the best, re­gard­less of race, creed or social stand­ing.

The com­pe­ti­tion, free for stu­dents aged be­tween 11 and 14, will se­lect the best player from each state for the grand fi­nals in Kuala Lumpur.

“With Liver­pool leg­end Steve McMa­hon be­ing the head coach, two fi­nal­ists will re­ceive an all-ex­pens­e­s­paid trip to the United King­dom in Novem­ber where they will au­di­tion in a trial match in front of Europe’s top scouts for a chance to sign and po­ten­tially play for a big Euro­pean club, said Kretser.

Deputy Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Datuk P. Ka­malanathan said the min­istry will in­form all state and dis­trict ed­u­ca­tion depart­ments about the MDF pro­gramme. – by Adrian Phung

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