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The 12 Young Guns from this year's MSL

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S. Kumaahran, Penang

He is just at the start of his career, but S. Kumaahran has already made waves with his skill in attack and ability to run at defenders.

The former Harimau Muda A standout (picture above, right) has made the journey back to his own state and could be one of the stars of the coming season.

Penang coach Jacksen Tiago is enjoying working with the youngster.

“He is very skilful, very diligent and fast,” said the Brazilian. “More than that, he has the one thing that I love the most about players, he has a great passion for the game.

“He is a special player. I like to work with young boys, they have the passion and the desire, and Kumaahran certainly has all that.

Already in his young career, Kumaahran has had a short stint with Brazilian side Cruzeiro, while he also enjoyed some playing time in the Malaysia select side that played against Liverpool Football Club last year.

Photo: Asiana.my

“He has a bright future,” Tiago said. “As well as the talent that he has, the attitude is excellent too."

Tiago is not the only coach excited about this Malaysian talent. Former national team coach Dollah Salleh was happy to sing Kumaahran's praises. “I think Kumaahran has tremendous potential, it’s just that he lacks confidence on the pitch,” he said.

“But I don’t think it’s an overstatement to suggest that Kumaahran is Malaysia’s future.” – JD