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"In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore, Zainudin (Nordin, FAS President) reiterated that the S-league will not become a "poorer cousin" once the LionsXII start their Malaysia Cup campaign."

Friday, March 30, 2012

[Feature] The Return of "THE CHANCE"...

(The entry is formulated from the transcript obtained via Integrated Marketing Solutions Group -IMSG, the PR agency of Nike Singapore)
(P.S: The copyrights of the images depicted in this blog entry belong to Nike, unless stated on the images itself.)

Coach Sundram makes his arrival at the game
"The Chance" - the global talent search by Nike kicked starts today with Lions XII coach V Sundramoorthy making a scouting visit to a game between ‘A’ Division defending champions Meridian Junior College and Team Eastchester View FC from the D2D social league.

Said the former national striker will head the coaching panel of the talent search in Singapore:“The Chance gives me the opportunity to identify and groom young players who have the talent but may not have fully developed their potential yet.

"I’m looking forward to discovering some good young footballers and I believe this initiative will definitely help to energize and develop Singapore football,” added the man who was nicknamed the "Dazzler" in his heydays.

Five boys caught the eyes of Sundram and were handed an invite to The Chance Boot Camp in May, which among those selected was Mohammed Naufal Nur Hakim, the skipper of Meridian Junior College

“Not everyday do we get the chance to get noticed by an ex-­‐national player. I'm pleased to be spotted and I hope to do my best and go as far as possible.” said Naufal after being one of the chosen ones.

“The Chance is a very good initiative from Nike. It really shows that they appreciate young football talents and it will go a long way to help develop the sport in Singapore,” added the 19 year-old.

Coach Sundram with the selected players
Alongside with Naufal, three of his teammates - Mohd Amsyar, Syabil Anwar bin Badrul Hisham, Muhammad Hairi bin Alias with Mohd Khairul bin Kamal from Team Eastchester View FC were selected from the match that ended 2-2 with Naufal scored the two goals for his team.

“The Chance celebrates players with passion for the game and the best technique, giving them the opportunity to develp their skills on a global stage."

"Through our close partnership with FAS for The Chance in Singapore, we  also hope to give aspiring young football players here the opportunity to make their dreams of becoming a professional footballer come true,” said   Vijaya Kumar Jayaraj, Country Marketing Manager, Nike Singapore.

HOW TO TAKE PART 
The Chance in Singapore is open to players aged 16 – 24. Players can register themselves and their teams by building a ‘team page’ on The Chance app which is available via the Nike Football Facebook page (facebook.com/nikefootball).

Former Lions skipper Aide Iskandar (red shirted) will be part of the coaching panel
In addition, they can receive programme updates via @NikeFootball on Twitter. Nike scouts will then select teams to visit and watch them play, with a view to spotting talented individuals and rewarding them with entry to The Chance trials.

Nike scouts will also go around Singapore in The Chance’s mobile scouting vehicle, in search of talented players to take part in The Chance trials.

FOOTBALL FESTIVAL 
The Chance this year will also give players here a new avenue to be noticed through a Football Festival in April. The Football Festival is an event dedicated to giving young football players the opportunity to play in front of Nike scouts and get invitations to The Chance trials. Players can register to take part in the Football Festival at this hotline: 6570 6315.

OFF TO JAKARTA BEFORE TO HOLY GRAIL
Around 150 players will be invited through scouting and the Football Festival to take part in The Chance Boot Camp in May. The top 30 players will be selected for the Country Finals in May, a two-­day weekend camp where players will participate in Nike Elite Training Live drills and games under the watchful eyes of head coach Sundram.

The top 5 players from Singapore’s Country Finals will qualify for the Southeast Asia regional finals that will be held in Jakarta, Indonesia, in June.

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