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17 Footballers Kick Off Their 2022 SPL Season

Current Student-Athletes in Singapore Premier League Football Clubs

The 27th edition of the AIA Singapore Premier League 2022 (SPL) kicked off on 25 February 2022, with eight clubs set to play 28 matches each. This time, 17 current student-athletes in through-train programmes are playing for local football clubs in the SPL.

Among them is Muhammad Hilman Norhisam, a first-year Diploma in Business student-athlete in Albirex Niigata Football Club (FC). Hilman received a surprising call from Albirex less than a year ago expressing their interest to sign him up in the team. He grabbed the opportunity without hesitation as it has been his dream to join their team. He made his debut last year against the Young Lions when he came in as a substitute. Hilman made his first SPL start on the opening day against Tanjong Pagar United. Though Albirex had a shaky start to their SPL season with a loss against Tanjong Pagar United, Hilman feels undefeated.

The 17-year-old passionate footballer is still in disbelief that he made it to his dream team. He shared, “Till this day, I cannot believe it. It’s such a privilege to train and play alongside experienced players like Lee Tadanari, who is well-known in Japan.”

The future is bright for the young footballer, and he appreciates Singapore Sports School for providing him with a solid foundation and good support to realise his dream. As a 10-year-old, when Hilman watched his two older brothers play a Centre of Excellence game against Sports School, he vividly remembers how professional and united the players were on and off the pitch. It left a lasting impression, and deep interest to join Sports School to further his football development. On his Sports School experience, Hilman shared, “The training at Sports School since I was in Secondary 1 is the reason why I am doing well till this day. The intensity, the focus on every detail, and if I had any questions in terms of training, I can approach the coach without having to think twice. The environment made this place (Sports School) home for me and made me want to improve better as a player.”

Current Post-Secondary Student-Athletes Playing in Singapore Premier League Clubs:
Adam Reefdy Muhammad Hasyim - Tampines Rovers FC
Andrew Aw Yong Rei - Tampines Rovers FC
Danial Iliya Khairuddin - Tampines Rovers FC
Dylan Christopher Goh Hsien Chun - Lion City Sailors FC
Ian Faris Shahrin - Lion City Sailors FC
Iman Hakim Ibrahim - Tampines Rovers FC
Mohamad Naufal Ilham Mohamad Ismail - Tanjong Pagar United FC
Mohamed Sham s/o Syed Mohamed - Lion City Sailors FC
Muhammad Aqil Dany Jahsh Ruzzman - Lion City Sailors FC
Muhammad Badrul Amin Noh - Geylang FC
Muhammad Fathullah Rahmat - Tanjong Pagar United FC
Muhammad Hilman Norhisam - Albirex Niigata FC (Singapore)
Muhammad Ryaan Sanizal - Tampines Rovers FC
Muhammad Nur Adam Abdullah - Lion City Sailors FC
Ong Jing Jie Glenn - Lion City Sailors FC
Ong Yu En - Tampines Rovers FC
Syarf Haqqani Teguh Saiful Nizam Helmi - Hougang FC

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