KUALA LUMPUR: The Liga 1MCC is the perfect launch pad for many aspiring footballers, and PKNS FC midfielder Mohd Aris Mohamad is no exception.
Described as a "total footballer", Aris is a player to watch in the on-going Liga 1MCC at the Rubber Research Institute (RRI) grounds in Sungai Buloh, Selangor.
Gifted with football skills, Aris has set himself a high target but he is also aware of the long and winding road that lies ahead for him to achieve his dreams as a professional footballer.
"I have already decided that I want to be a professional footballer for a career. I am determined to get into the Bukit Jalil Sports School.
"It is the best place for a footballer to earn his 'wings' in the sport," said Aris.
The Liga 1MCC, played on Saturdays and Sundays, has seen 32 teams from the Klang Valley, Penang and Perak competing in the Under-12 competition that is sanctioned by the FA of Malaysia.
As the defending champions, PKNS are eyeing a hat-trick after winning the title the last two years when Liga 1MCC was known as the National Junior League.
Aris stands out in head coach R. Vadivello's list of players who can help and play a vital role in PKNS FC's quest.
Apart from Aris, the other two are striker Asrin Aduka and right- winger Daniel Inan.
After week five, PKNS FC have won five of their eight matches and garnered 19 points - seven points behind Group A leaders
Jasmine Junior FC and CIMB-YFA Bintang Muda after 10 matches. PKNS are on the right track to make the cut for the second round.
Asrin is PKNS FC's top scorer with eight goals but according to Vadivello it is playmaker Aris who is the key link to the team's good run in Liga1MCC.
"However, I must admit that we are not as well prepared as our previous teams who won the title twice.
"I was given only one month to conduct trials and pick the team which is made up of players from Petaling Jaya, Shah Alam, Cheras, Kelana Jaya and even Klang.
"We only had a month's training while our previous PKNS teams had three to four months of training.
"Winning six of the 10 matches is great start for us. I cannot put pressure on the team.
"I am more than happy with the results and performance so far," said Vadivello, a former Selangor player who played as a right-back with the senior PKNS team during his prime.
Vadivello has not set any target for the team, saying reaching the quarter-finals or semi-finals will be good enough.
"We will take off from there and raise the bar if we achieve that. The team is improving with every match."