Fijian football has produced many interesting players in Oceania over the past few decades – and its grassroots system continue to work to keep the game going in the country over the next years. Currently, many interesting players such as Kishan Sami, Rahul Naresh and Etonia Dogalau have moved to New Zealand to play in higher level competitions, but many interesting prospects continue to play in the country. One of these players to watch is the goalkeeper Mohammed Alam – that is also set to move to Manukau United in New Zealand to play in the Lotto NRFL Premier League.
The 20-year-old goalkeeper recently represented his country in the OFC Olympic qualifiers, where Fiji were eliminated in the semi-finals after losing to New Zealand. What the Fijian football fans may not know is that Alam is the youngest player ever to play in a Fijian national league. The remarkable moment came in 2013, when Alam was only 13 years old, when he played for Seaqaqa in the Premier Division.
“He made his debut for Seaqaqa last year at the age of 13 years and may go down in the history books of Fiji football as the youngest player to feature in the senioAli’s predictions were correct, as the goalkeeper represented the U20 and U23 teams of the national team. Mohammed Alzar Alam is currently considered one of the most promising goalkeepers in Fiji.r national competition”, said Fiji Times, “He was introduced to the sport by his father Mohammed Azaad Alam a former Seaqaqa rep himself and first represented the Seaqaqa U10 team when he was in Year 3“.
In that time, Fiji FA was already following closely the development of Alam, as said the Fiji Football Association development officer Saiyad Ali: “Alzar [Alam] is very young and can represent the nation at the U17 level for two years and the U20 for three years”. Ali’s predictions were correct, as the goalkeeper represented the U20 and U23 teams of the national team. Mohammed Alzar Alam is currently considered one of the most promising goalkeepers in Fiji.