News • February 14, 2016
Firdaus Ready To Take On More Responsibility At Young Lions
Written by: Alex Weaver
Limited to a handful of appearances for the LionsXII last year, Firdaus Kasman is determined to put in some consistent performances this term when he returns to the Garena Young Lions, formerly known as the Courts Young Lions.
The former Tampines Rovers midfielder experienced success in winning the Malaysian Super League (MSL) under V.Sundramoorthy, but has also suffered negative press that accompanied his $10,000 fine in 2012.
Now, Firdaus believes his new teammates will see the best of him as he and Khairul Amri will be the only two oldest players in a Young Lions squad made up of Under-21 players.
“I can definitely contribute to the side this season,” he said. “Importantly we (with Khairul Amri) need to show them good discipline to be a professional footballer.
“Maybe after training, you stay behind to do extra push-ups and core exercise.”
Well aware of the fact that the Young Lions have a younger-than-normal squad this season as it prepares for the 2017 SEA Games, Firdaus recently stated the importance for the players to stay positive when hearing or reading about any criticism should they struggle in games.
“I take it positively and I tell the boys to ignore the critics and to prove them wrong during the games,” he said. “They need to have a winning mentality.”
He also outlined his desire for his young teammates to avoid fearing the opposition they will face this season.
“A lot of the teams will have older and more experienced players and I’ve told the players not to be scared. Play your football and express yourself.”
Firdaus also understands the importance of this squad gelling together well enough to be able to compete well in the next SEA Games competition but also for him to set a good example on the field.
“I need to be consistent in order to possibly get an international call-up myself,” he said. “Last year I played first eleven and I made some assists so that gave me some confidence.”
The 28 year-old doesn’t think the transition back to the S.League will affect him following spells in the MSL, where he played in front of some huge crowds in Malaysia.
“I don’t think it will be difficult going to the S.League as I’ve played in it before,” he said.
One thing is certain for the Young Lions – getting off to a good start against Balestier is vital for the side considered by many to be in for a hard time against clubs that have strengthened considerably this term.
“We need to go out and fight for every ball, work hard as a team and encourage each other because this is a young team,” said Firdaus.