Lithuanian Cup winners FC Stumbras Kaunas have reached agreement with Amran Al-Jassani – very talented player from Gulf Cooperation Council GCC.
21 year old newcomer of FC Stumbras was born in Oman but spent almost whole his life in United Arab Emirates. He started to play football there and was part of big local clubs like Al Ain, Al Wahda, Khor Fakkan and Al Jazzira.
He is fast, good with the ball and always dangerous playing one against one. He is versatile and can play in various positions. Moving to Lithuania – club that will participate in UEFA Europa league competition – is another step forward in Amran’s career.
Amran, welcome to our club. Are you excited about moving to Lithuania?
I am really happy to be part of Stumbras. This is a very big honor for me. Stumbras won Lithuanian Cup and will participate in UEFA Europa league this summer. I am here to learn and become better player. I want to benefit from the team and I hope that the team can benefit from me. In every game and training I will give my best.
One of the main reasons for me to be in Stumbras is Professor Mariano Barreto, whom is very well known in the world for his experience in boosting the skills of young players.
His CV is huge including Luis Figo, Paulo Sousa, Ricardo Carvalho, Yassir Al Shahrani, Michael Essien, Asamoah Gyan, Apiah, and many more.
I want to learn from the best and he is one of the best.
You played for some really big clubs in UAE before moving to Stumbras. How would you evaluate this experience?
God gave me great honor to play for great clubs like Al Ain, Al Wahda, Al Jazzira or Khor Fakkan. As a young football player I learned a lot there. This was very good experience. Actually I never knew that I will become professional football player, but my family always supported me and since 13 years I played to some top local teams. These are the biggest names in UAE football.
What do you expect from this new challenge?
This is a very big chance in my career. I am sure that in Stumbras I will improve a lot both physically and tactically. When player has talent he needs to work hard in order to achieve big things. I have no doubts that I had to move to Europe to improve my skills. I am ready for this.
Usually players from Europe or Brazil move to Middle East but vice versa is not common at all. You are an exceptional case.
It’s not a secret that players from Europe go to Middle East because of the money. I didn’t come to Stumbras for money. I came here to learn and grew as a player. I know that this experience will be very important and valuable for me. I hope to become a good example for other players in UAE that sometimes in order to reach your dreams you need to move out of your comfort zone, forget luxury and fancy things and start to think about what’s best for your career. I accept this challenge. And I am not afraid of it.
You made your official debut in Stumbras on Tuesday against Russian Premier league club FC Dynamo Moscow. What can you say about this match that finished in a goalless draw?
We achieved great result as our opponent was top club from Russian Top division. Actually I didn’t expect to play in this game but I was more than happy when our head coach Mariano Barreto gave me the chance. I played for almost 20 minutes. It was honor for me. I was so happy. But I will be more happy when I can give more for the team. I will work hard every day for this.
You are the first player from UAE or Oman that will play in Lithuania.
It’s a pleasure and honor for me. Sure I will try to surprise people in Lithuania in a positive way.
Thanks for the interview! Good luck