PETALING JAYA: Striker S. Kumaahran is out to make up for lost time.
The Penangite earned his first international cap under Dollah Salleh in the goalless draw against Bangladesh on Aug 29 in 2015.
He was also a key member with the national Under-23 side before an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) injury on his right knee during the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games kept him on the sidelines.
He spent most of last year recovering from surgery and saw his team Penang relegated.
Despite his injury, the talented striker was snapped up by Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) II for their 2019 Premier League campaign.
The 22-year-old, who has featured in all four of JDT II matches and with a goal to boot, said that he hopes to bring his current form to the national team in the AirMarine Cup from March 20-23.
“I’m glad to have made a full recovery from my injury. It was hard for me to miss the game for so long but now I feel good and I’m ready to kickstart my career again,” said Kumaahran.
At the age of 16, the prodigious talent went for trials with Brazilian giants Cruzeiro in 2012 but he did not make the cut due to an injury.
Injury has always kept the Butterworth lad from reaching his full potential and it’s something that has always lingered on his mind.
“There will always be something happening to me when I hit some sort of form and being injured since young has taught me much,” he said.
“I have learnt to be patient ... rushing into things only makes the situation worse.
“I’m grateful for the faith shown by coach Tan Cheng Hoe for picking me.”
“I know there’s plenty of catching up to do because there are so many established strikers in the team but I’m ready to prove myself if given the chance.”