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He looks and scores like Raul

August 17, 2011 - 10:43pm


 Photo Courtesy of Serangoon Garden Secondary School

HIS COACH calls him "Raul", after the former Real Madrid captain Raul Gonzalez.

That's because his player, Fahrish Khan, 14 (above), who plays for the Serangoon Garden Secondary School football team, is not only good-looking, but also knows how to find the back of the net. But the Manchester United supporter aspires more to be like Old Trafford hero Wayne Rooney instead.

He said: "Both of us can shoot the ball with both feet and we are fast players.

"I really think he is a great player and I hope to be like him."

In Rooney-like fashion, Fahrish became the top scorer of the South Zone B Division tournament this year.

He was also called up to represent the Combined Schools football team last month.

But it was the South Zone C Division final last year that Fahrish remembers the most.

He said: "We won the title and I was named the Man of the Match.

"That was the best moment for me. I was not a good player in primary school, but my coach really helped me to improve.

"Without him, I would not have played well enough to help my team win."

Fahrish's coach, S. Selvakumar, 54, who tutored him since he was a student at Ahmad Ibrahim Primary School in 2006, also praised the boy.

He said: "Fahrish is a special talent. He has a good eye for goal and he knows how to play in every position.

"He is very dedicated and I have never seen him miss training. He will definitely go places."

And it is a place in the national team that the striker hopes to land one day.

He said: "I wanted to play for the national team since I was young. I want to know what it feels like to play on that level.

"And I believe that I can play for my country one day."

Fahrish admitted that his bad temper is his biggest weakness.

But he has been learning to curb his anger under the guidance of his coach.

Fahrish said: "I tend to get angry sometimes when I miss a chance to score.

"And I will get emotional when we lose games which we could have won.

"But my coach told me to be disciplined. He said that I will score more goals if I don't lose my cool."


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