Written By: Shahrom Asmani (ex-football reporter for a few magazines and newspapers)
39-year old Football Crazy Person has been in love with football ever since he attended Singapore National Team’s matches at Kallang Stadium in the roaring 80’s. Has been a goalkeeper for a good part of the decade for a variety of teams but joined WaF4H last year because of the team’s mission and values.
WaF4H does not only allow participants to play football, holistically the team concentrates on various other aspects as well such as food, nutrition and personal well-being. Hopefully WaF4H can lengthen this writer’s career, be it in the football field or in the part-time writing arena as well.
If ever there was a sport that enabled people to catch up on old times after not seeing them for quite some time, then Walking Football might just be the one.
46-years old Zamri Ismail has many close friends within the WaF4H team. Friends whom he has known for decades, since he was very young.
Coaches Masazhari Yayit and Masykur Abdul Malek are Zamri’s old friends, they can be considered to be neighbours since they were living near each other within the same vicinity during their childhood years.
Zamri was living in the same neighbourhood as Masazhari Yayit in Jalan Ladang Pendek, a kampung area in Kaki Bukit. They then moved to Aljunied area, whom they then knew Masykur in the neighbourhood.
Zamri then got married to Masazhari’s sister, Kasmawarni Yayit, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Zamri with his Beautiful Family
Every Sunday, Zamri will bring his wife Kasmawarni, 16-year old Amilah Zayani, 15-year old Azza Zakiey and the youngest 11-year old Izzat Zuhaily to attend a fun Walking Football session at Toa Payoh Stadium.
Due to his busy work schedule and family commitments, it was not easy for Zamri to find the time to play the sport that he has always loved. Joining Walking Football4Health was the best solution ever for the passionate goalkeeper.
Ever since he was young, Zamri has always played the goalkeeping position and he has always played for teams in big tournaments.
For Maju Secondary School, he represented them as they went all the way to the Nationals level. They were so good that they were sponsored by the legendary former National Football player Malek Awab.
He even represented teams such as U-19 Jurong Town FC and a National Football League team Circuit Football Club. Hence Zamri can be considered to be of a certain standard when it comes to his footballing experiences.
Thankfully, WaF4H matches and training sessions have been very satisfactory for the agile goalkeeper. Though not as rigorous and demanding as what he was used to as a young goalkeeper, the demands of the sport is still very high and Zamri is thankful that he can still relive those golden moments and spend quality time with his family as well.
Zamri and Family Having Great Fun after a Tough Workout
It seems that football blood does really run in the family.
His daughter Amilah is really loving the sport and she was the match-winner in the game in Australia against Team Happy Feet, a match that WaF4H won 1-0.
Azza Zakiey just recently joined the training sessions and he is showing some good touches as he is learning how to play the game effectively. Izzat Zuhaily will probably follow suit very soon.
Kasmawarni Yayit Being Serious in her Workout
The family member that deserves the biggest mention, however, must be Zamri’s wife Kasmawarni Yayit. Not only is she WaF4H’s unsung heroine in terms of ensuring all administrative matters are settled efficiently, she also likes to take on new challenges such as training to be a goalkeeper to follow in her husband’s footsteps.
She said, “I have never played soccer before. Never thought about it until Dee Dee (Mahmood) started the Walking Football group.
At least Walking Football sounds doable. I am not that fit anymore. But it is always great to be able to spend quality time with the family. Especially with my other half,” Kasmawarni concluded.
If you can walk, you can play walking football! Come join us. We train every Sundays!About Dr Dee and Walking Football4Health:
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