Malaysian prospect Kumaahran hopeful for SEA Games role

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Promising Malaysian striker  remains optimistic for a spot in his country’s Under-23 team for the upcoming in Singapore.

The 18-year-old’s confidence in making the 20-man squad is high following a 2011 training stint with Brazilian giants Cruzeiro which improved his play significantly.

“I went for the first stint with Cruzeiro when I was 15,” Kumaahran told The Star. “I trained in their academy for a month. They then called me back for a second trial in 2012 and I was there for two and half months.

“I think they lost interest in me as they didn’t contact me after that. But I’m still thankful for the opportunity as I returned home with a rich experience.

“I might be a newcomer to the U-23 team, but my target is to make the final squad for the Games. It won’t be easy but I have learned that hard work always pays off.”

Following his return from Brazil, Kumaahran joined the Penang President’s Cup team in 2013 and currently plays for Harimau Muda A in the S-League. He was a key part of the U-22 squad that won the Bangladesh’s Bangabandhu Gold Cup in February.