PETALING JAYA: Malaysia midfielder Brendan Gan is bracing himself for the toughest battle of his life against testicular cancer.
The 33-year-old, who is also captain of the Selangor team, underwent surgery for the cancer and is currently being monitored by specialists.
The former Sydney FC, Sabah, Kelantan, and Perak player shared a post on social media stating that he is ready to fight it and be with his teammates on the field soon.
“My life’s story has been nothing but positives.
“Even the so called ‘negatives’ have given me strength and always made me find the bright side in every situation. It has built my character and tenacity to persevere,” said Brendan.
“I am blessed to have such a supportive group around me since my diagnosis and treatment. There’s my wife and my son Koko who motivate me to live life to the fullest, my amazing friends who have stuck by me no matter what and the football community.
“Cancer won’t define me, its only a short scenic route that I will navigate through and get back to my blessed path that I was living prior to this. The world has been crazy the past couple of years. Let’s look out for each other and always search for the positives in every situation.
“My motivation is to fight the big ‘C’ and get back out there leading the boys very soon.”
Brendan has earned 18 caps for Malaysia and recently played in the World Cup 2022-Asian Cup 2023 second-round qualifiers in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
He has been playing for Selangor since 2020 and was appointed captain this season after Australian defender Taylor Regan left to join Sarawak United.
Brendan suffered two anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) injuries in 2015 and 2016 when he was with Kelantan but fought back to full recovery and marked his return to form by helping Perak lift the Malaysia Cup in 2018.
Having conquered these injuries, Brendan surely has what it takes to beat the big C and we wish him a speedy recovery.