Real Betis vs Valencia CF

Apr, 21 / 20:45 Matchday 33

Actualidad del Valencia C.F.
May, 19 2016

Kamal's story, founder of a VCF fan club in Malaysia

Fans' Corner

Injury will not stop Valencia fan Kamal from trying to see Valencia stars

Among the VCF supporters hoping to meet some of the stars and see them train at the Padang Sri Gelam stadium in Malaysia this Thursday was Kamal Bin Abd Rahman who founded the Valencia fans’ group in the country.

Kamal may have suffered a nasty knee injury playing for the Valencia fans’ team last weekend but that did not put him off trying to go and see some of the players.
The exploits of the Hector Cuper’s Valencia side made a particular impression on the other side of the world at the home of Kamal and he has been an avid fan ever since.
“I began to support the team in the 1999-2000 season when Valencia reached the final of the Champions League,” Kamal explains.
“I liked their style of play and the atmosphere in Mestalla stadium so I realised from that moment that this is the club for me.
“They are not the biggest club but you can see live matches here. I prefer the style of play in LaLiga to that of the Premiership because I think that it is technically stronger.
“We can get the games via satellite and I watch matches at a restaurant with other fans but often it is not easy with the time of the games.
“My favourite player of all time is Gaizka Mendieta but at the moment I like (José Luis) Gayà and Paco (Alcácer).”
Kamal organised a fans’ club and they also formed an eleven aside team that plays in a local league.
“We are fairly new in Malaysia but we try and gather all the fans from over the country via a Whatsapp group and we have over 600 likes on our Facebook page. On Whatsapp we can discuss more about our team and performances etc,” he says.
“I set up the fans group which we call MyValencia CF Supporters. We also have a football team and we do our best but the main thing is that they are fans of Valencia that play.
“I am an attacking midfielder but got a knee injury last week and needed a small operation but I will still do my best to go and see them train with some of the other fans.”
Several Valencia players are involved in a training session at 11am at the Padang Sri Gelam stadium. From 9.30am fans gathered and Valencia scarves were given out, while at 10.30am there was a chance to meet and have photos taken with the players.
It is part of a promotional visit to Singapore and Malaysia from the 18th to 22nd of May where there will be various institutional, charitable and commercial events taking place.