KUALA LUMPUR, 16 July – After spending two weeks in quarantine during which time his swab-tests for Coronavirus showed negative, Wan Ahmad Kuzri Wan Ahmad Kamal had his first workout with the national Under-19 football team at the Wisma FAM on Thursday.
The 18-year-old, who is based at the St. Louis Football Academy in the United States, is still getting adjusted to the 14-hour time difference between the two countries with the local environment.
“I came with an open mind and ready to find a place in the team. Football is a universal game but in the US, it is more physical…I hope it will be to my advantage,” said Wan Kuzri.
In the same breath Wan Kuzri added: “I am a creative player who wants to help the team score and create goals, and determined to find a place in the national team to the AFC Under-19 Championships to be held in Uzbekistan from October 14-31”.
The Asian meet will also serve as a qualifier for the 2021 Under-20 World Cup Finals to be held in Indonesia.
”I am excited to show my true capabilities and how to adapt to the team. I am creative and that separates me from the rest of the players,” added Wan Kuzri who is also the younger brother of deputy youth and sports minister, Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal.
During the two-week quarantine isolation, Wan Kuzri worked on his fitness – thanks to a bicycle at home.
“I have come here with lots of encouragement and I want to win a place in the team that is being coached by former Australian international, Brad Maloney.