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Since the launch of “The Chance” (Singapore) - the global footballing talent search by Nike back in March by Lions XII coach V Sundramoorthy at Meridian Junior College, more than a few hundred hopefuls had staked their claim to be among the top five players to represent the Republic in the regional final to be held in Jakarta later this month.
Former Man Utd defender Denis Irwin (holding cup) was one of guest scouts involved
Throughout the tedious selection process that saw the involvement from former Manchester United defender Denis Irwin in one of the open trials held in late April, the search had finally narrowed down to a mere figure of 20 players after a “boot camp” session held in Dempsey Field.
|The coaches in discussion at the "Boot Camp"|
The Country Finals (2-3/6)
|The players went through the ETL test in 2/6 morning|
|The small-sided games in progress in 2/6 afternoon|
|Coach Aide (standing) brief the team before the match against Home United Prime League squad|
Nonetheless, the final 18's result against the young Protectors was secondary with the individual performance was what it mattered most that eventually saw the emergence of these following players as the Final FIVE.
- Nazirul Islam Bin Abdul Razak
- Sim Li Ming
- Faris Bin Ramli
- Randy Pay Zhan Hao
- Afiq Bin Mat Noor
The Route to the Final Process
|We are THE ONES!! (L-R: Randy Pay, Afiq Mat Noor, Faris Ramli, Nazirul Islam, Sim Li Ming)|
20 of the region’s best young players will come together for three days to practice under Southeast Asia’s top youth coaches, and will undergo fitness training sessions by Paul Winsper of Nike SPARQ, a training and conditioning system, that helps build better athletes.
The best four players will eventually be chosen by an international panel of selectors, to attend the global finals in Barcelona, Spain.
PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIRST DAY OF THE "COUNTRY FINALS"