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
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 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.
The finalists shortlisted in each of the five states are as follows:
|Penang||Muhammad Mukmin Muhammad Zamri||12|
|Nurhadfina Mohd Firdaus||12|
|Muhammad Syahmi Haziq Mohd Fahmi||14|
|Abdul Muizz Abdul Manaf||14|
|Sarawak||Ahmadul Baduwi Hussain||14|
|Muhd. Yusry Haziq Idris||14|
|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™.
“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.
“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.