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Five of the best to represent Singapore in Nike's ‘The Chance’ Regional Finals

NIKE ‘THE CHANCE’ SINGAPORE COUNTRY FINALS SEE FIVE OF THE BEST EMERGE TO TAKE THEIR SPOT IN THE REGIONAL FINALS AGAINST 15 OTHERS FROM THAILAND, MALAYSIA AND INDONESIA

Aide Iskandar briefing the players before The Chance Country Finals (Photo courtesy of Nike Football Singapore)

Head Coach V.Sundramoorthy and Coach Aide Iskandar at Nike ‘The Chance’ Singapore Country Finals held over two days at the Jalan Besar Stadium on 2nd and 3rd June 2012. 
 

23 boys laced their boots up on 2nd June and went straight into action as they participated in the Elite Training Live drills (ETL 2.0) under the watchful eyes of Coach Sundram and Aide. 

Left to right, Randy Pay, Afiq Mat Noor, Faris Ramli, Nazirul Islam, Sim Li Ming (Photo courtesy of Nike Football Singapore)
The 5 boys that made it through to the Regional Finals are : 
Muhammad Afiq Bin Mat Noor, 19 years old 
Muhammad Al Nazirul Islam Bin Abdul Razak, 20 years old 
Muhammad Faris Bin Ramli, 19 years old 
Randy Pay Zhan Hao, 21 years old 
Sim Li Ming, 23 years old

Speaking at the end of the Country Finals, Coach Sundramoorthy said: “We had so much talent to choose from here at the Country Finals and now, we have the top five boys who we feel will be able to make an impression at the Regional Finals. These boys fit the bill in terms of what we were looking for which were, first touch, mental fortitude and skill on the ball. It was tough to choose five out of 23 but the choices made were definitely the right ones.”

Coach Aide Iskandar was equally impressed when he said: “It has been a long journey and I have been with these boys all the way. Nike ‘The Chance’ is all about giving young footballers the opportunity to take the next step forward and this year, we found not just a few but a whole group of players who had the skill set to match what we wanted. I am sure these five boys will do us proud at the Regional Finals and put on a good show. Their time is now and they should grab it with both hands. I wish them all the best in Jakarta.”
 

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