Dutch import ready to seize opportunity at Weston

April 8th, 2022

 James Paras

Weston’s Dutch import Moustafa Mohammad says his love for adventure and the opportunity to follow in an old friend’s footsteps is why he has arrived in Australia ready to show his worth in the NPL Men’s NNSW in 2022.

Hailing from Breda in the Netherlands, Mohammad has always had a passion for football and adventure. He has arrived in the NPL Men’s NNSW hoping to make a name for himself and continue on his journey to become a professional footballer.

Mohammad has come to the Bears with plenty of experience, featuring in the lower divisions in Dutch football with V.V. Dongen and V.V. Baronie, where he became known as a prolific goal scorer.

Growing up in a family with five siblings, Mohammad was drawn to football at an early age with an older brother who also loved the game. Mohammad was blessed with talent but it was his drive to succeed that would eventually lead him to Australia.

Playing mostly as a central attacking midfielder through his teenage years, Mohammad moved to the wing when he arrived at third division team V.V. Dongen when he was 20-years-old.

Mohammad became an instrumental player on the team but said he was never truly fulfilled with his place in the squad despite scoring 16 goals and laying on seven others during his 30-game stint with the club.

Mohammad felt disillusioned with the sport he loved until the COVID-19 pandemic struck in 2020, pin-pointing that the pandemic made him appreciate the passions he had and realise what he wanted to achieve in his life.

“I took the step up to the third division with V.V. Dongen and I was amongst the top scorers,” Mohammad said.

“But towards the end, I wasn’t confident. I went to parties and I didn’t care too much about soccer. I still played third division but I wasn’t putting in the time and effort I should have been.

“I went back to my boyhood club of V.V. Baroine and that’s when COVID started and it opened my eyes

“I wondered about questions in my life. What do I want to achieve before the end of my life? What am I really passionate about?

“And I kept coming back to the answer of soccer.”

It was then Mohammad decided he would pursue his dream of becoming a professional footballer and began working three days a week and training every spare moment he had.

Mohammad toiled away, with his goal to challenge himself on the football pitch leading him to an opportunity tipped to him by his best friend Jason Tjien Foog, a fellow Dutchman playing for Weston who urged Mohammad to do similar.

Mohammad began talks with the Bears in the back half of last year about the potential move and a deal was done to bring him to Australia for the 2022 season.

Mohammad says despite not living away from the Netherlands before, it was too great an opportunity to pass up.

“I love to experience things, adventure and see the world,” Mohammad said.

“So I spoke with the club and they were interested to bring me over, which was going to be hard because of COVID, so when the borders opened up in early January, I jumped straight on a plane [to come to Australia].

“The people here [at Weston] are really warm and helpful because when I landed, immediately eight or nine teammates messaged me to say hello and to hang out. They really brought me into the team.”

Weston assistant coach Anthony Richards said the Dutchman had fit into the squad well and would provide the side plenty of firepower up front this season.

“He’s a terrific guy,” Richards said.

“He’s not long in Australia but he has really fit in with the boys and he’s a bit of a character and he seems determined to make his name in this competition.

“[Mohammad] is a terrific pick up for us and I think he is really going to enjoy his time here. He comes from an environment where they play a lot of football and he is chomping at the bit to get onto the pitch [each weekend].”

Weston have had a disrupted start to their season with postponements but put Cooks Hill United to the sword with a 5-0 victory in which Mohammad started on the left flank.

With his club and NPL Men’s NNSW debut out the way, Mohammad said he had big expectations for himself with the Bears this season and also hinted at what he wanted to achieve in the game beyond this year.

“I have a deal [with Weston] for this season,” Mohammad said.

“My ideal plan is to play this season and hopefully make the finals and then fly back to the Netherlands and play the competition there. Then after that fly back to Australia and play the next season, so it’s like the whole year I play soccer.

“But my goal is to play higher [in Australia]. If I can go to the [A-League] I will do it for sure, I always ask myself why not? Why not give my all and see what happens?

“If I score a lot of goals and be important for the team, other teams notice that and if I’m the striker that’s doing good, who knows?

“That’s what I’m here for to score goals and that’s going to be my job and I will do whatever it takes to accomplish that.”

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