Federal Territories' Mohd Amin Asraf Yaakob (right) dribbling the ball past Selangor's Muhammad Hafiz Mohd Johar during their Sukma group match on May 28, 2014. FT won 3-1.
KANGAR: Federal Territories (FT) striker Mohd Amin Asraf Yaakob’s decision to follow his father Yaakob Hussin’s advice seems to be paying off as the teenager’s career is blooming.
Amin, who used to compete in badminton and football in the the Kuala Lumpur Schools Sports Council (MSSKL) meets, opted to focus on football after having a talk with his police officer father.
On Wednesday, the 19-year-old struck his fourth goal for FT in the 3-1 win over Selangor in their Sukma Group C competition to confirm their berth in the quarter-finals.
Mohd Farhan Ab Hamid opened the scoring in the 44th minute before Amin bagged a brace in the 50th and 90th minutes to kill off Selangor, who reduced the deficit through R. Thivagar in the 81st minute.
Amin said that his father, who used to compete in track and field events with the police force, felt that he would be a better footballer than a shuttler.
“I was representing my district in the MSSKL in badminton and football and loved both sports ... but my father felt that I was better suited to play football, so I followed his advice,” said Amin, who also plays for Kuala Lumpur in the FAM League.
“My father is my biggest motivator ... he always pushes me to do my best. I’m doing well in football, so I think I have picked the right sport and I’m grateful for my father’s advice.”
Amin also said that he has set his eye on the competition’s Golden Boot award and hopes to play a key role in helping FT land the Sukma gold medal.
“I think I’m peaking at the right time here. I’m very confident of my abilities and I just need to make sure that I convert the chances that I get,” said the Tengku Mahkota Ismail Sports School (SSTMI) student.