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SSP Footballers On 10-Day Stint In Japan

Five footballers will be heading for Japan for a 10-day training stint with top-tiered Japanese League side Albirex Niigata. The tie-up is the first of its kind and was brokered by adidas, sponsor of Singapore Sports School's Football Academy and Albirex Niigata.

This attachment, from 9 March to 18 March 2012, is made possible thanks to the EW Barker Endowment Fund which will cover almost 80 per cent of the cost. adidas is outfitting the footballers with training gear and footwear, while Albirex Niigata has made arrangements for the footballers to travel on All Nippon Airways at special rates and also to visit its other sports teams and places with educational and cultural interest.

Originally, it was six to go, but Hazim Faiz Hassan suffered a serious injury during a local match days before the scheduled departure and has to give the trip a skip.

Of the six, four were part of the National Football Association teams that thrilled Singapore at the 23rd Canon Lion City Cup last June. Muhaimin Suhaimi and Hazim were part of the NFA Under 16 team that finished runners-up and Adam Swandi and Ammirul Adli were the Captain and Vice-Captain respectively of the NFA Under 15 team that took third place. Not to be outdone, their juniors, Zharfan Rohaizad and Andin Addie Djayady, both 15, played key roles in Singapore Sports School's first-ever football Gold medal win at the Thailand Sports School Games, in 2011.

The footballers will be accompanied by the Football Academy's Head Coach Teng Wei Ken, who is there to learn more about the youth set up at Albirex Niigata and see if he can implement some ideas of the successful Japanese football system into the Academy.
 
Mr Eric Song, Singapore Sports School Assistant Director of Sports, said: "We are bringing some of our best players over to train with the youth teams of Albirex Niigata. We believe the boys can only stand to benefit from training in the Japanese football system and it will help in their Long-Term Athlete Development."
 
This training stint comes with the blessing of the Japanese Football Association which supports this opportunity for the best young players in Singapore to pick up tips from the Japanese football system.
 
With the future in mind, Albirex Niigata hopes that this Singapore Sports School-Albirex Niigata attachment programme will develop and help to produce players good enough for the Singapore national team and also to compete with the best in Asia and the World.

"Our hope is that one day, we will see a Singapore Sports School football alumnus ply his trade in the J-League, arguably the best league in Asia," said Albirex Niigata FC Singapore Chairman Daisuke Korenaga.

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