Formed merely within two semesters of trainings in the Fandi Ahmad Academy, the Fandi Ahmad Academy Young Stars team is relatively new to the competitive football scene but the players are full of zest and enthusiasm to prove themselves in the upcoming JSSL Arsenal American Express: Premiere League 2011/2012 season.
Coming across as positive and upbeat, Navneeth, the determined forward of the FAA Young Stars is looking forward to ply his trade in the JSSL Arsenal League.
“I believe I can say on behalf of my team-mates that we are all thrilled and ecstatic to be involved in the JSSL Arsenal League and to be representing the Fandi Ahmad Academy. We started out as training mates and now, we will be playing alongside each other. All of us love football and to be playing in a high-level competition is great!”
Astounding spectators with their effortless performance in their debut match as a team, the FAA Young Stars beat their opponents, JSFC, comfortably with a score line of 6 –1, including a hat trick from Ikhsan Fandi.
Known as the confident midfielder, Muhammad Azfar who netted the first goal of their debut match against JSFC noted the importance of friendly matches before launching into a competitive league.
“The friendly matches were very helpful to us as a team because we were able to learn, understand and adapt to each others style of play. It made us gel together as a team better and true enough we started to see the results in the friendly matches as the weeks progressed.”
Raring to feature in the JSSL Arsenal League, which will start in three weeks, and prove their worth, the boys from the FAA Young Stars are prepping themselves with regular and intense trainings with their coach to be geared up to face the challenges in the league.
Pointing to inexperience as their main challenge as compared to most of the other teams in the league who have been in the competitive scene for a relatively longer period, Loy Hui Jing, the sturdy defender of FAA Young Stars believes that it can be definitely improved.
“Experience in football is something that you learn while on the pitch against opponents. It can only be taught to a certain extend while training but the tempo of a real game is different and there are more lessons to be learnt. Although we are lacking in on-pitch experience I am sure that with more games and time we will be better.”
With three weeks left to the league, the team is looking to be realistic in their expectations of how they will be in terms of the league standings.
“Since this is the first time we’ll be playing in a league, I think it is sensible to say that we can finish somewhere in the middle of the table. But of course, we will strive to give our best in every single game. It will be easier to gauge where we stand in comparison to other teams in the league after a couple of games.”