Barwani boy plays in international football tournament in Malaysia

  • Animesh Jain, Hindustan Times, Barwani
  • Updated: Jan 05, 2015 21:00 IST

Just as 17-year-old Moinuddin entered Shah Alam stadium, Shah Alam, in Malaysia on Sunday to play in Frenz International Cup 2015 against Estudiantes FC (Argentina), his family members burst into tears of joy because their dreams to see him playing at an international football tourney came true.

Moinuddin (second row, first from left) with his teammates. (HT photo)

In fact, the entire Barwani was jubilant when the son of a mechanic Mubarik Hussain, Moinuddin, was chosen by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for U-18 Frenz International Cup 2015 being played in Malaysia and Indonesia.

So, the family members of Moinuddin shared their feelings with Hindustan Times when they got a call from him from Malaysia.

Mobarik said, “My son told me that his dreams to play at an international tournament came true.”

He further said, “Moinuddin has always had passion for game since his childhood and never took interest in work in the garage. And, if I did not find in the garage, I could see him in a football ground.”

Moinuddin, who studied up to Class 10, began to play as left midfielder and was trained by his uncle, Harun, at Barwani.

Harun said he began to train Moinuddin at an early age. “At 10, he played U-14 junior tribal national tourney. But the officials were not ready to allow him to play fearing that he might be injured,” said Harun.

Harun further said England’s David Beckham is Moinuddin’s idol. “He has specialised in direct kicks a la Beckham’s famous banana kick,” he said.

Moinuddin, who shifted to AIFF’s regional academy in Goa two years ago, has participated in U-12, U-14 and U-17 at the national level.

Clubbed in group D with Tottenham Hottspur FC (England), Estudiantes FC (Argentina) and Frenz United Malaysia, the Indian team lost their opening match against Estudiantes FC by 0-3.

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