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Junior Eldstal back for Crocs clash with Lions

by Matthew T. Umpang, reporters@theborneopost.com. Posted on September 17, 2013, Tuesday

PROUD MALAYSIANS: Eldstal (right) with his team mates in the Malaysian national team during a training session last Tuesday in Kuantan. — Bernama photo

Ong Kim Swee

KUCHING: Junior Eldstal savours the role that he and his teammates played in Malaysia’s title triumph at the Merdeka Tournament last Saturday.

The big win, coinciding with the nation-wide Malaysia Day celebrations, gave Malaysian fans an additional reason to be joyful on this national holiday.

It was the Sabah-born Eldstal who scored the second and final goal in the final match to seal the fate of opponents Myanmar.

Speaking to The Borneo Post yesterday, the Sarawak midfielder was full of pride for being given the honour to play for the country.

He related that he felt excited everytime he put on the Malaysia jersey.

“Winning the cup meant a lot for me as a Malaysian as we have a gift to offer to the people and I am glad it coincides with a special day indeed. My national teammates and I showed how we are indeed one Malaysia by working hard together to win the tournament,” he added.

Since joining the Crocs in April for their unbeaten and victorious Premier League 2013 campaign, Eldstal has continued to feel very grateful.

“I particularly would like to thank national coach Ong Kim Swee, state coach Robert Alberts and my friend Scott Ollerenshaw for their kindness in believing in me,” he revealed.

Eldstal is now back with the Crocs, preparing for Sarawak’s clash with Singapore Lions XII tomorrow (September 18).

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