“I’m not looking for the next Messi. I’m looking for team players” were the opening remarks delivered in a thick Spanish accent, by one of the coaches, to 72 hopeful young footballers of Astro Kem Bola 2016, Astro Kasih.
The hall erupted with loud applauding because we, the parents, knew the advance training was going to be held somewhere in Europe but from the awestruck faces, it was clear no one had the faintest idea it would have been at one of the holy Grail of football.
Three Spanish coach from Barcelona academy are here to coach and select 32 deserving footballers for a chance to spend 10 days at FC Barcelona’s official training ground, the Ciutat Esportiva in Barcelona, Spain. (FCB Escola).
My two girls, whom we dropped off today at the training ground are part of the 72 girls and boys; 52 Malaysian, 12 from Philippines and 8 Singaporean.
Let’s hope they would be able to surprise us once more like the did when they were selected during the nationwide preliminary search for Kem Bola.
We’ve got our fingers and toes crossed, and breath held for the big announcement.
You’d have to wait for it…
Meanwhile, you may catch the action and maybe glimpse of them in action, at Astro Kasih FB (link given above) or Channel 801, Astro Arena.
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