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Young footballer trains his sights on the big league

SHAH ALAM: He is only 12 years old, but Mustaqim Hajeekien has already put in three years of training at football.
His passion has been made possible by his supportive father, Muhamad Haikal Dakan, who enrolled his son at the private Putra Kidz Football Club three years ago.
Muhamad Haikal, 38, had to quit his job and take up another job with more stable hours for him to monitor and guide his son’s training, as well as send him for training and matches.
He quit his job over a year ago and now works as a security officer at a school in Cheras.
“It was a very rewarding job but I did not have much time for Mustaqim and his three younger siblings.
“An avid football lover myself, I really wish to see him succeed in doing something that he is passionate about. I was ready to give up anything for him to be his best,” said the doting father when met at the Selangor Grassroots League (SGL) 2017 tournament here yesterday.
Also present at the league’s finals were Selangor Crown Prince Tengku Amir Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah and national striker Mohd Safee Sali, who made a special appearance.
SGL was founded by Tengku Amir to offer opportunities to children to play football in the league format, while identifying new Selangor talents at grassroots level.
Mustaqim won the Best Player Award despite his PKFC team being defeated 0-1 by the MBSA Senior team.
“I feel a little disappointed because we trained so hard for it.
“But the defeat will not affect our determination to do better in our future games,” said the bubbly boy, who, besides his weekend club training in school, also trains twice a week at the National Sports Council.
Asked about the award, Mustaqim could not hold back his big smile, saying he was “thrilled and extremely happy” to receive the award from Tengku Amir.
Muhamad Haikal, who gave his son a tight hug and peck on his cheek, said the award was very meaningful to them both, “because it proved that all his hard work and my sacrifices were all worth it”.
Mustaqim, who will be enrolling at SMK Seri Titiwangsa Sports School next year, said he looks forward to achieve more in football.
“I want to be a professional football player and I aspire to see Malaysia in the World Cup one day,” he said.
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