Mohammed Alam has a point to prove as Fiji’s top young goalkeeper representing his country’s national U23s at the OFC Men’s Olympic Qualifiers on home turf in Lautoka.
Alam was instrumental in Fiji’s wins against Tonga and Papua New Guinea in Group B at Churchill Park over the first two matchdays.
The Labasa native was not able to join the team for camp due to his police training camp in Suva.
“I just joined the team recently, I have been away for my police camp training so just try to prove myself, just try to do my best to give back the glory to Fiji and Fiji football association,” he said.
“I would like to thank my coach for giving me the chance.”
Being only 19, Alam first appearance in the region was at the OFC U-17 Championship in Papeete and he went on to present Fiji again at the OFC U-19 Championship also in Tahiti.
Currently playing for Nasinu FC in the Vodafone Premier League, Alam was called up to the Fiji national team for recent international friendlies matches against Singapore, Solomon Islands, Mauritius, and New Caledonia.
The shot-stopper made two crucial saves against Papua New Guinea in the last 10 minutes before Fiji scored a third to seal the win.
He dedicated the win to the five-year-old girl at the Lautoka hospital who the team Fiji visited before the start of the competition.
“As it was a team effort, I would like to give this win to the girl that we visited in the hospital as he is just five years old,” an emotional Alam said.
“She had been involved in a car accident and she has been admitted for three years. She was our main morale, she boosted our team.
“Now we are looking towards our last game against Vanuatu and hope we could be the pool winner just looking to the semi-finals”.