Taufiq does not hold back

Taufiq does not hold back

Name: Taufiq Muqminin Hossain

Age: 17 Team: National Football Academy Under-17

Position: Centre-back or striker

Favourite team: Manchester United

Favourite player: Carles Puyol (Barcelona). He's a no-nonsense defender, hard at all times and good in the air. He also has good sportsmanship. Plus, my father has the same hairstyle as him.

Asked to describe his game in one word, national Under-17 captain Taufiq Muqminin Hossain hesitated only briefly.

"Robust," said the ITE College East student.

A defender, Taufiq insisted it did not mean he was an overly physical player.

"As a defender, I must always be aggressive and robust in my challenges. I have to be sure of my tackles, because I can't afford to make a mistake," he said.

"I sometimes play as a striker too, and, even though my target then is scoring, I have the same mindset - I must get to the ball first."

Taufiq loves the physical side of the game. Those who know him say he gives 100 per cent, in anything he does.

When The New Paper interviewed him last week, he jumped at the chance to pose for a picture and executed a diving header.

Boy, did he go all out.

Wearing his game face, Taufiq launched himself forward as if he were heading clear an opponent's cross in the dying minutes of a cup final.

He didn't care about the muddy pitch.

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