NAME: Shakir Hamzah
BORN: Oct 20, 1992
POSITION: Left-back, centre-back
PREVIOUS CLUB: Courts Young Lions
SHAKIR Hamzah says he needs to control his temper.
For people who know him only outside of the football pitch, it's a puzzling statement.
The soft-spoken 19-year-old never fails to smile when spoken to.
He blushes whenever he's asked a personal question and displays a sort of youthful innocence not expected from a tough-tackling defender.
Yet, his name rests high on last season's S-League disciplinary record list.
Shakir, who played for the Young Lions the past two years, is third on the list with four yellow and two red cards – only three others were sent off two or more times.
"I got no discipline. I can't control my temper sometimes," he said with a sheepish smile when asked about his sendings-off last season.
"When I lose my temper on the pitch, I get over-physical. Sometimes I'll get frustrated with my own performance and take it out on my opponents.
"I'm also very protective of my teammates. If one gets hit, I'll be sure to (return the favour) to the opponent later.
"Of course, that isn't good. I know I can't get carried away on the pitch like that."
Shakir's coaches, teammates and family have since advised him to cool down and control his wild tackling.
The young defender, who can operate as either a centre-back or a left-back, knows he must heed their advice, especially now that he had earned a place in the LionsXII M-League team with his elder brother Shahir.
Said Shakir: "This is absolutely the team I want to be playing for. And to be in the same team with my brother is definitely something to be proud of.
"Now, I'm just looking to improve on my game and get some playing time."
QUESTIONS WITH SHAKIR HAMZAH
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Quitting school (ITE) after six months
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I'm actually shy and have stage fright
Friday, May 17