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
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.
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
SpeakingattheendoftheCountryFinals,CoachSundramoorthysaid: “We had so much talent to choosefromhereattheCountry Finalsandnow,wehavethetopfiveboyswhowefeelwillbeableto makeanimpression at theRegionalFinals. Theseboys fit the bill in termsof whatwewerelookingforwhichwere,firsttouch,mentalfortitudeandskillontheball.Itwastoughtochoosefiveoutof23 butthechoicesmadeweredefinitelytherightones.”
CoachAideIskandar wasequallyimpressedwhen hesaid: “Ithas beenalongjourney andI havebeen withtheseboys allthe way. Nike ‘The Chance’isallabout giving youngfootballers theopportunitytotakethenextstepforwardandthis year, we foundnotjust afewbut a wholegroup of playerswhohadtheskillsettomatchwhatwewanted.IamsurethesefiveboyswilldousproudattheRegionalFinalsandputona goodshow. Theirtimeisnowandtheyshouldgrabitwithbothhands.IwishthemallthebestinJakarta.”
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