ARKIB : 27/08/2000
Two Youth Players Leave For Playing Stint In Germany
PETALING JAYA Aug 26 - Two Malaysian youth players who had a short training stint in Germany last year will play in a division three under-21 club in the German Bundesliga for one year.
Rudie Ramli from Selangor and Mohd Fadzli Saari from Pahang will fly off to Wiesbaden, about 40km from Frankfurt, tonight to play for semi-professional club SV Wehen under a private arrangement.
Rudie, 18, and Mohd Fadzli, 17, were picked by Olger Oberman, a former Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) Youth Development director, to play for the German club which belongs to Oberman's friend, Heinz Hankammer.
In a ceremony to hand over flight tickets at Wisma FAM in Kelana Jaya, near here, today, German Embassy attache Matthias van der Straeten, said both players would also work at a water filter manufacturing plant owned by the Hankammer during their attachment.
Rudie, a striker with Selangor's President Cup squad, had a one-month attachment with Bayern Munich last year while Mohd Fadzli also had a one-month stint at SV Wehen.
"Accommodation and allowance are provided for the players. My advice to both of them is to open their eyes to the world and make friends with the locals there," said Straeten.
Meanwhile, FAM assistant secretary Yap Nyim Keong hoped the players would use the opportunity to improve their skills and knowledge of the game.
"We hope to have the two in our SEA Games squad next year. Their skills and knowledge will be an asset to the team," he said.
The football tournament in next year's SEA Games, to be hosted by Malaysia, will be an under-23 event.
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