Egy Maulana Vikri in action, center, during the 2017 AFF U-18 Championship. (Photo courtesy of PSSI)
Indonesian Football Prodigy Egy Maulana Vikri on Verge of Joining European Club
BY :AMAL GANESHA
OCTOBER 14, 2017
Jakarta. Indonesia's 17-year-old footballing prodigy Egy Maulana Vikri is on the verge of joining a European club, his U-19 national team coach Indra Sjafri has revealed.
Egy, who has been playing as a striker or a wing forward, has been schooled at the PPLP Ragunan, an elite sports academy for young athletes funded by the government.
He is reportedly being headhunted by several high-profile clubs after his scene-stealing performance at the 2017 Asean Football Federation U-18 Championship, where he helped Indonesia finish third as top scorer of the tournament with eight goals.
"He has a big chance to join a club in Europe, but I can't tell you any more than that," Indra told the Jakarta Globe on Friday (13/10). "I prefer him to play abroad [than for a local club]. He will be an inspiration for other young footballers," Indra said.
Persib Bandung has reportedly been chasing Egy to sign a deal since the AFF tournament ended.
Earlier this month, British newspaper The Guardian included Egy in its "Next Generation 2017: 60 of the best young talents in world football" list, which includes Vinicius Junior, Real Madrid's Brazilian wonderkid.
Previously in June, Egy won the prestigious Jouer Revelation Trophy at the Toulon Tournament in France. Other winners of the trophy have included superstar footballers Cristiano Ronaldo and Zinedine Zidane.
Egy first rose to prominence during the Gothia Cup in Sweden last year where he scored 28 goals in 10 matches for his former club Asiop Apacinti, which went on to win the tournament.