Sarawakian lad one of two to win Million Dollar Feet talent search

Young football duo win UK trip to vie for top European clubs in nationwide talent search

Million Dollar Feet™ winner Muhd Yusry Haziq bin Idris wowed the judges with his footballing skills which earned him a spot to the UK.

Million Dollar Feet™ winner Muhd Yusry Haziq Idris wowed the judges with his footballing skills which earned him a spot to the UK.

PETALING JAYA: It was certainly an unforgettable day for Sarawakian Muhd Yusry Haziq Idris, 14 and Adam Roshan Kris Azman, 13, from Kuala Lumpur when they were announced the winners of the Million Dollar Feet™ search recently.

The two young footballers have become overnight sensations by winning Million Dollar Feet™, the unprecedented contest to unearth the best talents in the country aged 11 to 14.

As their reward, the two lads will be sent on an all-expense-paid trip to the UK where they will have the opportunity to showcase their prowess to scouts from top European clubs, with the possibility of signing a deal.

Muhd Yusry Haziq bin Idris (centre) will be representing his home State of Sarawak to the UK where he will be given the opportunity to audition in front of Football Scouts from top European Clubs.

Muhd Yusry Haziq bin Idris (centre) will be representing his home State of Sarawak to the UK where he will be given the opportunity to audition in front of Football Scouts from top European Clubs.

Muhd Yusry and Adam Roshan emerged tops in the contest when they outshone 14 other finalists at the Million Dollar Feet™ Grand Finals which was held at the Royal Selangor Club in Bukit Kiara.

Each of the finalists were shortlisted in drills and tryouts held over four weeks in five states nationwide – Penang, Pahang, Sarawak, Johor and Kuala Lumpur. While Muhd Yusry was shortlisted in Sarawak, Adam Roshan was shortlisted in Kuala Lumpur.

Adam Roshan Kris Azman (third from right) was all smiles when he was announced as one of the winners for the inaugural Million Dollar Feet™ trials. Adam Roshan will be representing Kuala Lumpur to the UK.

Adam Roshan Kris Azman (third from right) was all smiles when he was announced as one of the winners for the inaugural Million Dollar Feet™ trials. Adam Roshan will be representing Kuala Lumpur to the UK.

The finalists shortlisted in each of the five states are as follows:

 

STATE NAME AGE
Penang Muhammad Mukmin Muhammad Zamri 12
Nurhadfina Mohd Firdaus 12
Muhammad Syahmi Haziq Mohd Fahmi 14
Pahang Azwar Naufal 13
Abdul Muizz Abdul Manaf 14
Iqbar Firdaus 14
Sarawak Ahmadul Baduwi Hussain 14
Muhd. Yusry Haziq Idris 14
Johor Yethraj Subramaniam 13
Zafran Hakimi Azman 14
Kuala Lumpur Muhammad Ezzwan Danish Rosli 12
Nur Imanina Aqilah Abdul Apit 12
Adam Roshan Kris Azman 13
Jonathan James Hay 13
Ali Masoudi Rahim 14
Danial Anaqi Mohd Nasir 14

 

Now in its first season, Million Dollar Feet is the brainchild of former Singapore League player turned PR pro Peter de Kretser and former Liverpool Midfielder, Steve McMahon, who was also Head Coach at the drills and tryouts in the five states.

Following the success of this inaugural season of the programme, plans are already underway to make the programme an annual affair, in order to raise the bar in Malaysian football.

“We’ve had quite a good run and the response has been very encouraging,” said Peter de Kretser, Founder and Director of Football of Million Dollar Feet™.

Founder and Director of Football Peter de Kretser addressing the crowd at the Million Dollar Feet™ Grand Finals today in Royal Selangor Club Bukit Kiara.

Founder and Director of Football Peter de Kretser addressing the crowd at the Million Dollar Feet™ Grand Finals today in Royal Selangor Club Bukit Kiara.

“This is certainly a wonderful opportunity for aspiring footballers and this is proven by the positive feedback we’ve received from participants, their parents, as well as our supporters such as the Penang State Government, the Education Ministry and Sarawak FA. Million Dollar Feet™ isn’t just about making dreams come true, but literally providing a potential opportunity that could be worth millions of dollars to Malaysia’s young footballers who could very well be the next Lionel Messi or Christiano Ronaldo,” he added.

Meanwhile, Steve McMahon added that Malaysia certainly has the potential to shine in the international football arena.

Million Dollar Feet™ Head Coach Steve McMahon explains the finalists road to the Grand Finals

Million Dollar Feet™ Head Coach Steve McMahon explains the finalists road to the Grand Finals

“From what I’ve seen in Million Dollar Feet™, Malaysia could have a bright future in football. What is required though is the right platform to encourage and nurture future players right from an early age. This is what Million Dollar Feet™ tries to encourage. Hopefully, we’ll see South East Asia’s first representation in the international premier leagues, and I’d love that person to be from Malaysia,” McMahon said.

At the Grand Finals, a celebrity football match was also held, featuring players who included past football stars including Paul Parker, Gary Stevens, Stanley Bernard and Abbas Saad.

Muhd Yusry and Adam Roshan will be accompanied by a guardian each, McMahon and de Kretser to the UK. Besides scheduled tryouts with scouts from European clubs, they will also visit the Liverpool vs. Sunderland EPL match at Anfield on November 26 as well as go on tours to various places of interest around London.

The two winners with the rest of the Grand Finalists at the conclusion of the inaugural Million Dollar Feet™ trials at the Royal Selangor Club today.

The two winners with the rest of the Grand Finalists at the conclusion of the inaugural Million Dollar Feet™ trials at the Royal Selangor Club today.

Million Dollar Feet™ Tournament Director Mr Leong Delon, Million Dollar Feet™ Director of Football, Mr. Peter de Kretser, British High Commissioner Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, Million Dollar Feet™ Head Coach and ex Liverpool Captain & England International Steve McMahon, and Managing Director for Brickfields Asia College, Raja Singham pose for the Grand Finals of Million Dollar Feet™.

Million Dollar Feet™ Tournament Director Mr Leong Delon, Million Dollar Feet™ Director of Football, Mr. Peter de Kretser, British High Commissioner Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, Million Dollar Feet™ Head Coach and ex Liverpool Captain & England International Steve McMahon, and Managing Director for Brickfields Asia College, Raja Singham pose for the Grand Finals of Million Dollar Feet™.

The VIPs were joined by Football Superstars Gary Stevens, Stanley Bernard, and Paul Parker.

The VIPs were joined by Football Superstars Gary Stevens, Stanley Bernard, and Paul Parker.

Guest of Honour Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner expresses her full support for the Million Dollar Feet campaign, stating that football is the UK’s greatest export to the World.

Guest of Honour Her Excellency Vicki Treadell, British High Commissioner expresses her full support for the Million Dollar Feet campaign, stating that football is the UK’s greatest export to the World.

Ex-Singapore league Star Abbas Saad trying to steal the ball away from one of the players.

Ex-Singapore league Star Abbas Saad trying to steal the ball away from one of the players.

Million Dollar Feet™ winner Adam Roshan Kris Azman (far right) showing his football prowess at the final Match simulation during the Grand Finals.

Million Dollar Feet™ winner Adam Roshan Kris Azman (far right) showing his football prowess at the final Match simulation during the Grand Finals.

 

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