The young gun - Aminuddin Zakwan, Brunei DPMM
Aminuddin was part of a youthful quartet – Reduan Petara, Yura Indera Putera and Khairul Anwar the others – that was added to DPMM’s ranks for the 2015 S.League season, but ended up as the only one who made a significant impact in their push for the title.
The 21-year-old, who can play as a right-back or right winger, made 24 appearances in the league – four of those off the bench – as the Wasps romped to their first-ever S.League title.
That capped off a dream first year in professional football for the promising Aminuddin and he was keen to give credit to coach Steve Kean for giving him the opportunity to shine on the big stage.
“Honestly, I didn't expect to play more than 30 games (in all competitions) in my first year,” the youngster told FourFourTwo. “Usually it’s quite difficult for a new player to go straight into the first team, but I managed to break in.
“To end off the year as part of a title-winning team is something that I could never have dreamt of. For that, I have to thank coach Kean.
To end off the year as part of a title-winning team is something that I could never have dreamt of. For that, I have to thank coach Kean.
“He’s been like a father figure to us young players, always giving me advice to give my 100 per cent in both training and matches.
“You can see his impact based on the results we got throughout the season and I’m happy to train under an inspirational coach who can lead us to winning ways.”
Apart from the former Blackburn Rovers tactician, Aminuddin is also inspired by his fellow teammate Azwan Ali, who picked up the S.League Young Player of the Year award last season with his scintillating displays down the wings.
“Azwan is my friend since my youth career and is also my role model,” said the Brunei under-23 starlet.
“He always give me useful advice on and off the pitch. Not only that, he’s also a great guy as a player and as a person. That’s why he won the Young Player award last year.”
Despite such a successful first year, Aminuddin is not prepared to rest on his laurels as he sets his sights on helping DPMM retain their S.League title.
“There’s no taking things for granted – I have to improve my level of performances in order to remain in the first team,” he said.
“As a team, we’ve to keep training and fighting hard; we’ve to be ready to focus on our main goal which is to retain the title. Not just that, we will do our very best to win all three competitions which we’re playing in.”
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