Thursday, April 10, 2014

Mokhtar Dahari Football Academy Apt Recognition For The Football Great


KUANTAN, April 10 (Bernama) -- The family of national football legend Datuk Mokhtar Dahari are proud that a football academy in Gambang, Kuantan has been named in recognition of the maestro's services to the nation.

Mokhtar's wife, Datin Tengku Zarina Tengku Ibrahim, 58, said her family was touched and proud of the appreciation.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who launched the national football development plan Thursday announced the national football academy would be called the Mokhtar Dahari Football Academy.

Mokhtar had brought much glory to the nation in the football arena from 1972 to 1985.

"I hope the academy will produce new football talent not only on par with Mokhtar, perhaps better than him," she told reporters here today.

According to Zarina, her husband who died 23 years ago was a firm and dedicated person who believed in continuous improvement and perseverance.

Meanwhile, Mokhtar's youngest daughter, Nur Arina Mokhtar said it was a dream for the family to see the national football squad achieve success at world level, one day.

Nur Arina, 26, said even though her father was dedicated to his career as a footballer, he never forgot his family.

"For me, my father is the family idol and I believe many football fans are still raving about Mokhtar as their idol as well," she said.

-- BERNAMA

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