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Today marked the start of a four-day unforgettable trip for the eight winners of the Malaysian edition of the Allianz Junior Football Camp (“AJFC”) as they were selected to join the Asian Camp in Bali, Indonesia which will be held from today until 31 July 2015.

Syed Mubarak Bin Sayed Yahaya, Yuganes A/L Ganassan, Muhammad Hadi Bin Mizei @ Termizi, Muhammad Iqmal Hafizi B. Muhammad Sazli, Muhammad Najimirul Hakim Bin Abd Halit, Furqan Bin Azri, Muhammad Syukri Bin Mohamad and Muhammad Syuaib Bin Mohamad; aged between 15 and 16-years-old, left to Bali, Indonesia early this morning. The teenagers were excited to be a part of this camp with some mentioning that so far only Allianz has been promoting football in their school. These young talents were accompanied by a chaperone from Allianz Malaysia who would take care of their needs while they are in Bali.

“The Asian Camp in Bali, just like the one in Munich will not only inspire and develop the boys’ talent, but will also provide them an insight into the professional world of football. They will also experience the intercultural exchange between the different nationalities. These boys will not only learn but also enjoy themselves at the camp,” said Zakri Khir, CEO of Allianz Malaysia Berhad.

These Malaysian boys will be among 32 teenagers aged between 14 and 16 from Taiwan Indonesia, South Korea and Thailand who were selected from their respective countries to experience a once-in-a-lifetime football adventure. This Asian Camp will be lead by FC Bayern Munich coach, Timon Pauls who will travel to Bali especially for this.

On the first day of arrival, the teenagers will enjoy easy exercises and capoeira at the beach where they will then proceed to a sumptuous welcome dinner spread prepared for them at the hotel. The following day is a full day with training sessions to be held at the Canggu Club, followed by souvenir shopping and dinner at the outdoor market. Later that night, the teenagers will have joint activities. The next day will be a full day with training sessions as well as a My Finance Coach class for these teenagers. The My Finance Coach class is a financial literacy programme aimed at improving the money management skills of young people. This Financial Literacy programme is integrated at this camp to build the awareness of these teenagers about how to manage their money at the early stage as these teenagers dream of becoming a professional football player in the future. On the final day,  prizes will be given to the winning team of the tournament held the day before.  In addition to this, they will have the chance to be selected as a Wildcard winner to be part of the Allianz Junior Football Camp in Munich taking place from 13 to 18 August 2015.

These young talents were among the 56 teams and 672 players who joined AJFC’s 2015 Malaysia League since it kicked off on 11 April 2015 at three different locations; Universiti Putra Malaysia, Serdang, Selangor, Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang and EduCity, Johor. 16 teams from Selangor and 20 teams each from Penang and Johor were part of the League which was held over six weeks until 23 May 2015. From here, four teams from Selangor and six teams each from Penang and Johor qualified to the National Finals where the winners were selected. These eight boys were part of the teams that qualified for the National Finals and were independently selected by a panel of professional coaches. They were among the 11 boys who were selected where the other top three winners will leave for Munich, Germany on 13 August 2015 for a six day stint under the 2015 Allianz Junior Football Camp there.