Samba stints

Samba stints
Mahathir Azeman, one of the eight nominees for the Dollah Kassim Award 2013.

Mahathir Azeman left for Rio de Janeiro last night for the second part of his Brazilian adventure with Boavista. But this time, he did not go alone.

While the 17-year-old (far left) will play in the reserve side of the Brazilian club, National Footbal Academy (NFA) Under-16 defender Vishaal Thaniyath (near left) will join Boavista’s U-17 side. The duo are pencilled in for a three-month stint.

“It feels great that I’m going back, and I will work harder than I did on my five-month stint last year. I’m very thankful for (Balestier Khalsa chairman) Mr S Thavaneson’s sponsorship... and I want to make him proud,” said Mahathir.

Balestier are covering Mahathir’s living expenses as he plans his next move, with National Service and tertiary education on the horizon. Vishal’s family are footing the bill for his stay, and the centre back is raring to go.

“I’m not afraid, but excited, I just want to improve and give it my best shot,” he said.

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