Tearful Hazim over the moon

Tearful Hazim over the moon

SINGAPORE - Hazim Faiz Hassan was in a daze.

Clutching the TNP-Dollah Kassim Award in one hand and the Singapore Pools Passport to Excellence in the other, the National Football Academy (NFA) Under-18 striker could not believe that he had won.

As he ambled down the Jurongville Secondary School stage with a bemused grin on his face, the Football Association of Singapore's head of game development, Jita Singh, called him back up to deliver an impromptu speech. Hazim obliged.

Upon reaching the podium, he quickly wiped away tears and said: "I'm shaking right now."

The 18-year-old composed himself enough to thank his parents, teammates and the other seven nominees for "sharing the experience" with him.

While his voice was shaky, the sincerity of his words shone through.

Later, the media and communications student at Singapore Polytechnic told The New Paper: "I didn't expect to win at all.

"As I was walking back up onto the stage, I didn't know what I would say, but I got it out in the end.

"I wanted to reiterate my thanks to my parents, my teammates and my coaches, like my primary school coach R Govindarajan, because I would not have won if it weren't for them."

There is a story behind his tearful, heartfelt speech.

His father, Hassan Borhan, suffered a heart attack in 2009 and has been undergoing dialysis three times a week since 2009.

"It was a combination of everything," said Hazim, explaining the emotional moment.

"Over the last four years, my dad has been trying to cope because of his illness, and my mum has been trying to support the family... Plus the fact that the win was so unexpected.

"Just being nominated was enough for me. But winning it... I have no words."

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