Saiful used to train at the national football academy named after the legend of Malaysian football, Mokhtar Dahari. The boy has just temporarily left the academy to return home because he was absent from school from March 19 to 27. However, on March 23, just 2 days before Saiful celebrated his 14th birthday, a drowning took away his life and dream of playing professionally. child player.
According to Malaysian media, Saiful went missing at 13 pm on March 24. 30 minutes earlier, the player born in 2004 and 4 friends were still happily swimming on Sungai Ketil – the name of a river in Baling district of Kedah state, Malaysia, about 2km from Saiful’s house.
Mohd Amri Zakuan Ahmad – one of Saiful’s friends who went to swim in the river shared with reporters: “At that time, the water level was at our waist level. We were swimming when Saiful suddenly disappeared from view. We looked for him together for about 20 minutes but still couldn’t find him. After that, we informed Saiful’s parents.”
Rescuers, fire fighters, local police, divers from the Malaysian Civil Defense Force (APM) and the K9 sniffer dog unit immediately got involved. However, the search process for Saiful faced many difficulties due to heavy rainfall, causing the river level to rise at the time of the incident.
At 5:46 pm on the same day, the victim’s body was found in a sand suction pipe located at the bottom of the river. This location is about 9km from where Saiful was reported missing.
Official Facebook and Instagram page of Malaysian Football Association
“FAM sends its deepest condolences to the family of Muhammad Saiful Ezzuddin Mustafa – a student of Mokhtar Dahari academy. The victim passed away because he was swept away by strong water while bathing in the river with a group of friends yesterday afternoon. may Allah have mercy on this boy’s soul and forgive all his sins,” FAM wrote on social media accounts.
The victim’s family said that Saiful is a funny, sociable boy who often helps those around him.
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