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.