Adam sacrifices Hari Raya celebration for football glory


A tussle for the ball between Selangor's Rufino Segovia Del Burgo (right) and JDT's Adam Nor Azlin (centre) during their Super League match at Shah Alam Stadium on March 1. IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star.

A tussle for the ball between Selangor's Rufino Segovia Del Burgo (right) and JDT's Adam Nor Azlin (centre) during their Super League match at Shah Alam Stadium on March 1. IZZRAFIQ ALIAS / The Star.

PETALING JAYA: For footballer Adam Nor Azlin, playing during the fasting month is not a problem.
 
In fact, he has even celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfitri overseas during his stint with Harimau Muda and the Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT).
 
The centreback said there would not be success without sacrifices. And he is glad his family understand it.
 
The 23-year-old will have to put the Hari Raya celebration aside again as he may play for the national team when they face Timor Leste in the first qualifying round of the 2022 World Cup in a two-leg fixture on June 7 and 11 at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

"I'm happy and thankful that coach Tan Cheng Hoe still believes in my abilities. I'm ready to play against Timor Leste," said Adam.

"I have fasted and celebrated Hari Raya Aidilfitri abroad. I wasn’t with my family at that time. I'm glad that they understand the nature of my job."

Adam is one of the many players who are below the age of 23 in the national squad.
 
The others are Akhyar Rashid, Safawi Rasid, Syamer Kutty Abba, Dominic Tan, Faisal Halim, Ifwat Akmal Chek Kassim, Irfan Zakaria, Syafiq Ahmad, Syazwan Andik Ishak dan Rodney Akwensivie
Adam believes the young players have what it takes to excel in the team.

"The mix of seniors and juniors in the team helps a lot. The atmosphere is harmonious although everyone is jostling for positions...it's a healthy competition," said Adam.

"I want to bring Harimau Malaya to the next stage of the qualifiers."