PETALING JAYA: Sunday’s Malaysia Cup final against Kedah will be an emotional one for Selangor midfielder S. Veenod.
The 28-year-old wants to dedicate it to his No. 1 fan – his late sister Eswary.
She was killed in a hit-and-run accident on Feb 14. She was 26.
“She was the real source of inspiration in my playing career. Last year, she was in the stands cheering me on together with all my other family members,” said a distraught Venood.
“This time she won’t be there ... but I know she would love to see me win the Malaysia Cup again.
“Last year we beat Kedah 2-0 in the final and she still scolded me ... because I didn’t score!
“I only came on as a substitute in the last 25 minutes and missed two sitters. She told me I should have taken my chances.
“So, this time I intend to make up for those missed chances and score in the final.
“There will definitely be an empty feeling in my heart at the Shah Alam Stadium this time, but I will do it for my sister ... and for all Selangor fans out there,” added Veenod ahead of the final at the Shah Alam Stadium on Sunday.
Veenod only learnt of his sister’s death while travelling home after a Charity Shield match against Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT), which they lost on penalty shootout.
He admitted that it was because of his sister that he has become the player he is today.
“She has always wanted me to be a better player. She scolds me a lot ... sometimes I’m even afraid to answer her calls.
“I am sad that she’s not here to see my progress, especially now that I have won a national call-up,” said Veenod, who will report for centralised training for the AFF Suzuki Cup next month.
Selangor coach K. Gunalan is also happy with Veenod’s progress since winning his place in the first team following regular Mohd Nazmi Faiz’s injury a couple of month ago.
Veenod began his career with Penang and played for them for two seasons (2008-10). He then turned out for Penang USM (2011-12) before going on loan to Selangor in 2012.
The following year, he joined them permanently.