Full Name: Mohamed Hilman Bin Mohamed Haris
Date of Birth: 19th May 2002
Position: Attacking Midfielder
Favourite Football Club: Chelsea
Favourite Football Player: Messi
Hilman is an exuberant and versatile midfielder who has been featuring in numerous football competitions since the age of five. Promoted from the Under-9 to the Under-12 training team for his exceptional footballing abilities by FAA’s Head Coach, Tohari Paijan, Hilman was a key player in Supa Strikas, the team that won the inaugural FAA Youth Challenge Cup 2011.
“It was such a memorable moment when my team, Supa Strikas won the FAA Youth Challenge Cup 2011 because that was the first time I won a gold medal! Also I scored more than three goals in the entire tournament. I felt happy that I helped my team to get the medal.”
What started out as a dull first football training session at FAA has since turned out to be one of the most thrilling and exhilarating football experiences as Hilman trains with boys physically much taller and stronger than him. In fact, despite of a relatively small built; he is dominant and dynamic amongst the bigger boys.
“Truthfully, I was bored during the first training session as I was training with boys my age who did not have any football experience. But after Coach Tohari moved me to the Under-12 team, it became more challenging and very exciting for me. My teammates didn’t think much of me when I started but they were really shocked when I started to play.”
As an explosive attacking midfielder who poses trouble for the defenders on the flank with his pace, Hilman looks forward eagerly to the ‘Speed & Agility’ exercises as he feels that constantly learning new speed techniques would mould him into a better footballer as speed is one of the most essential skills for an attacking minded player like himself.
“The ‘Speed & Agility’ exercises conducted by Coach Fandi are so fun! After going through about three sessions of the speed exercise, I could notice the changes in the way I used speed to my advantage. I learnt that speed is not about consistently running fast but to use it intelligently.”
An ambitious Hilman, who is currently in Primary 4, has set his sights on entering The Singapore Sports School and eventually, get into the Singapore National Team in future.
“I have been dreaming of getting into The Singapore Sports School since Primary 2 because they focus on both football and studies. I understand that it is important to focus on studies as well and that is why I like The Singapore Sports School. Also, I want to represent Singapore in big competitions and score lots of goals just like Fandi did!”