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AIA Young Player of the Year

FAS Awards Night 2021

Left-back player in Lion City Sailors (LCS) football club and third-year Diploma in Sport Management student-athlete, Nur Adam Abdullah, has made a sterling debut with LCS at the Singapore Premier League (SPL). He capped off the season with the championship trophy, a national call-up, and an individual award.

Nur Adam is part of the historic team that led LCS to lift the championship trophy for the first time. Nur Adam’s dynamic display and defensive play as he moves up and down the flanks has made everyone sit up and take notice of him. He has had a breakout season, appearing in all 16 matches and recording one assist to help his team win the championship title.

His excellent play on the pitch has earned him the AIA Young Player of the Year Award at the Football Association of Singapore’s Awards Night on 12 October 2021. Nur Adam pipped team mate Muhammad Saifullah Mohammad Akbar, a Sports School alumnus and Young Player of the Year in 2020, and Albirex Nigata’s Ryoya Taniguchi, to be named the winner. In 2018, Nur Adam received the prestigious The New Paper Dollah Kassim Award which recognises young football talents aged 18 and below who have displayed football excellence and strong character.

Since then, Nur Adam joined the Young Lions in 2019 before making a switch to LCS earlier this year. He admits finding difficulty adjusting to the intensity of professional football initially, but he managed to find his feet and do better by the time he joined LCS.

Nur Adam also received a national call-up to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) U23 Asian Cup which started on 25 October. He is among the nine past and present student-athletes who are part of the national squad for the tournament.

He shared that Sports School has given him the opportunity to explore the football world by providing the footballers with training stints and competitions held locally as well as overseas. Being exposed to overseas opponents who are tougher and stronger has motivated him and his academy mates to work harder.

He shared, “The coaches and staff have always been spurring me on and giving me good advice on how I should take football to another level on and off the pitch. They also teach us how to behave off the pitch and this has instilled good discipline in me, which I believe has helped me win the award.

It feels great to be winning this award as I know that all my hard work has paid off. It has not been an easy journey for me but I push myself hard every day and set a goal every year to achieve. It was one of my goals to win the Young Player of the Year award, and I got it. So I am really proud of myself and thankful to the people who have been supporting me.”

Nur Adam started playing football when he was just five years old. Having a keen interest in the sport, he took it up as a co-curricular activity in Primary One. Back then, Nur Adam did not think he would become a professional player but as the years went by, there has been no stopping Nur Adam from kicking his way forward to become a renowned footballer. His football talent and mental strength are what set him apart from his peers. He is eager to achieve more, and to prove himself on a bigger stage in the future.

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