The Jakarta Post
Six boys were recently seen dribbling, passing and juggling to impress passersby at a shopping centers in Lebak Bulus, South Jakarta.
The boys, all between 8 and 12, were among 20 who received soccer training scholarships from the Asian Soccer Academy (ASA) Foundation.
“I want to play for the national team when I grow up,” Fachri, 12, said. The first-year student at an Islamic junior high school in West Jakarta said that he had played soccer since he was 8.
Fachri’s father, Marjani, knowing his son’s interest in the sport, enrolled the boy in a local soccer school last year. “He is always called on to play on a team when the school participates in a competition. I fully support him to become a national player,” Marjani said.
Fachri’s soccer skills impressed ASA Foundation officials, who gave him one of the one-year scholarships.