KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian will have the chance to enrol in one of the prestigious European football academies through Astros search for a new football star programme, which has been titled Soccastars Malaysia.
Youth and Sports Minister Datuk Azalina Othman Said launched the programme at the Ampang Sports Complex yesterday.
A total of 26 footballers will be short-listed from four trial sessions in Sri Gelam, Johor Baru (Sept 10); Bukit Besar Youth and Sports Complex, Kuala Terengganu (Sept 16); Sultan Abdul Halim Stadium, Alor Star (Sept 23); and PKNS Sports Complex, Petaling Jaya (Oct 1).
Non-professional players aged 18 and above are eligible to register for any of the sessions, which will be held from 9am to 12pm.
The 26 candidates will then undergo eight weeks of intensive training at a centre to be determined.
Astros director of business affairs Azran Osman-Rani said at the launch: Two of the best players will be sent to Europe.
The club will then conduct their own tests on the players and only one will get into their football academy.
But Azran did not reveal the academy in their programme.
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