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Injured Mahathir Azeman to miss Olympic qualifers, SEA Games

Mahathir Azeman.

He received good reviews for his performances in Brazil and charmed big-wigs both sides of the Pacific Ocean with his easy demeanour, but Singapore will have to wait six months before seeing Mahathir Azeman in action.

The 18-year-old spent 18 months with Brazilian club Boavista honing his craft, returning last month in preparation for full-time National Service (NS).

He even received a call-up to Richard Bok’s national Under-22 side gearing up for Olympic qualifiers.

But he suffered a complete tear on his right knee’s anterior cruciate ligaments (ACL) while training with S.League side Balestier Khalsa, with doctors predicting six months on the sidelines after his Jan 5 surgery.

Balestier partially sponsored the player on his Brazil stint, in a deal that also ensured he rejoined them.

It was at a pre-season training session last month that Mahathir suffered his injury.  

Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 15.

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