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Footballers On Winning Streak

JSSL Singapore Professional Academy 7s

Just days after being crowned champions of the ‘C’ Division North Zone Football National School Games, the Under-14 footballers went on to participate in the JSSL Singapore Professional Academy 7s from 2 to 4 September 2022. They played a series of competitive 7-a-side matches against teams from over 17 countries and managed to book their place in the finals against Turf City FC from Singapore. Our student-athletes kept their discipline, stuck to their game plan and triumphed over their opponents with a score of 3-0.

Secondary 2 student-athlete and the U14 goalkeeper, Jarec Ng Rui Le, said the competition was different to the 11-a-side games that the team was used to. The smaller pitch meant changing tactics to fit the faster-paced matches.

“One challenging team would have to be KDH Global FC from Malaysia whom we faced in our first game. They were of bigger built compared to us. We were dominating in possession with quick passes and movement, but we just could not get the ball at the back of the net. Towards the final 5 minutes, they managed to score a goal with a simple tap-in. The last gasp goal was a blow for us. However, General Manager Mr Gregory and Coach Isa motivated us to continue on. In the following matches, Coach Isa created and tested new formations to bring out the best from the team.

In my opinion, I felt that team did really well. Special thanks to the support given by our friends and family which gave us the motivation to win. We can now call ourselves Champions and hope that we made everyone proud. The feeling of lifting up the trophy together with my teammates and Coach Isa gave us a sense of accomplishment, and we are proud to represent Singapore Sports School,” said Jarec.

Our footballers from the Under-13 team also made it to the quarter-finals while the Under-15 team made it to the semi-finals in their categories. However, both teams lost their matches by a mere 1-0 scoreline against teams from Oman and Philippines respectively. Nevertheless, it was a good learning experience for the footballers who will undoubtedly bring their fighting spirit along for the next competition.

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