Cambio Cumbre put on a strong display against Canning Tigers last night at the WA State Futsal Centre winning 4-0. Salman Alhammadi, and Abdullah Almesbahi scored a goal each, with new signing Saeed Alqatani scoring two goals, including one of the most audacious finishes of the season.
Keepers throw the ball into the far corners of the court to the target in order to relieve pressure, in some instances the target may manage to bring the ball down and gain control, or even better yet score an overhead kick. And that’s just what happened last night, Cumbre goal keeper Ahmad Rahimi played a long ball to Alqatani, and he scored an overhead bicycle kick past the Canning Tigers keeper.
This amazing goal came on an amazing night for the club as Cumbre reached yet another milestone. Sixteen year old Michael Lino made his first team debut and has become the seventh academy player to do so, after notable academy players Liam Petley, Tom Penman, and Tyler Garner who came back from Melbourne last month as SFA National Champions.
Lino recieved the first team call up after a strong performance in the Draft/Reserves game.
“I was very surprised by it, but very happy… a little bit of excitement crept in after the thought of getting what I’ve been working towards for the last 5 years. When I was on the bench I couldn’t stop thinking of how intense it really is and just trying to replicate in my mind what had been done in training…”- Michael Lino
Lino started his Cumbre journey at the age of eleven, when Cumbre first opened it’s futsal training Academy. Fast track five years and Lino has not one but two U16 Junior FAFL national titles in the past two years.
“I think what is so special about Michael making his debut last night is that he grew up watching the senior men’s team play, and has followed all of our state and national successes. He’s a talented player, and has a very unique style of play and vision on the court. Not many young players display attributes to be a quality Fixo (playmaker). I think in the coming years he can make that position his own and establish himself as a top player in the league within the next few years.” -Academy Coach: Gerardo Soto
The Cumbre Academy has been in operation since early 2014, and has since helped the development of junior players in futsal.
“We’ve always been about development at Cumbre, winning is never the main objective until its your profession. My objective has always been to develop intelligent athletes able to think outside of the box when playing. Most of our teams have traditionally been younger than the required age, sometimes up to three years younger and they maintain a competitive level. All the hard work we’ve done over the past 4 years with juniors is starting to pay off. It’s been hard this last couple of seasons because we didnt have enough people involved, now with Yoshihiru Sakuragi one of the best players in the country and Victor Garzon filling in roles as head coaches, in addition to a stable training venue, the outlook is looking much better for our Academy to continue developing quality players.”-Academy Coach: Gerardo Soto
Cumbre come up against newley promoted Carioca FC next Friday night in round three.