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Amirul Zul Aiman Asmaly counts Allianz Junior Football Camp (AJFC) in Munich, Germany as one of the most important steps in his young career.

Being the the first player from Perlis to make it to AJFC, the Berseri-born player hopes his stint in Munich will catch the attention of local selectors and help give him his big break. 

In fact, last year's AJFC finalist in Munich, Sharvin Selvakumaran is currently part of the Malaysian U-17 squad while 2012 alumni Mohammad Syawal Rosman and Thipanraj Subramaniam are playing in the 2017 President’s Cup squad for T-Team and KL FA respectively. 

“AJFC has open doors for a lot of young footballers. Since 2012, we have seen how the boys that have been to Munich have gone on to play in the President’s Cup or youth teams for Super League clubs. I hope that I would be able to join the ranks soon,” said Amirul. 

“Football is my life. There is nothing else and I hope that more teams back home will give us home grown talents the chance,” added the 16-year-old.

During the camp, Amirul and his compatriots and Muhaimin Aeizad Azhar and S.Devesshraja underwent daily training sessions in which they were put through drills which emphasised various techniques from ball control to types of passing and shooting accuracy.

“It's a wonderful experience coming here. The training is a little different back home, and here there is more emphasis on improving your technique and also developing positive mindset and a sense of teamwork, because ultimately football is a team sport,” said Amirul recalling the training sessions he had at FC Bayern’s training ground at Säbener Straße.

During the camp, the players also enjoyed a class with FC Bayern’s sports psychologist Christian Luthardt, watched FC Bayern Munich beat Bayer Leverkusen 3-1 in the opening Bundesliga match at the Allianz Arena on 18 August and had a meet and greet session with Robert Lewandowski, Renato Sanches, Kingsley Coman and Bayern’s new signing Sebastian Rudy.

AJFC in Munich was held from 17 to 22 August 2017 and featured 54 young footballers aged 14 to 16 years old from 24 countries including Argentina, France, Egypt, Indonesia and Mexico.

AJFC is an annual football event held globally  since 2009 with AJFC Malaysia debuting in 2012 followed by AJFC Asia in 2014. 

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