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Future Looks Bright for Singapore Football


Hanafi Akbar (centre) is one to watch for the future. (Photo: SSC) 

 
Packing the stadium with over 5,000 fans, the Singapore U-15 and U-16 sides gave our local football fans something to sing and cheer about.

 

The Singapore fans were in high spirits throughout the night and even though their singing might have been drowned out by the samba drums, the finals of the 23rd Canon Lion City Cup seems to have heralded a new dawn for Singapore football.

 

Starting with the 3rd/4th-placing match against Juventus U-15, our boys were unfazed even though they were up against bigger and stronger opponents, soundly thumping their Italian opponents 4-0.

 

Our U-16 boys also did us proud, pegged back for almost the whole game; our boys fought hard and also had some gilt-edged opportunities as they managed to hold the samba boys CR Flamengo for 90 minutes.

 

Even though Takuma Koga’s boys might have lost the penalty shootout 4-3, the performances of our boys in the tournament gives cause for optimism for the future of Singapore’s football.

 

Singled out by the various foreign coaches, our number 10s Hanafi Akbar and Adam Swandi were labelled as the players to watch, with their twinkle toes and dancing feet endearing them to the hearts of the Singapore public.

 

There were also several other players that stood tall against their European and Brazilian opponents.

 

U-16 captain Dhuklian was a rock at the back and the same could be said of R. Aarvin, his younger counterpart in the U-15 team, complemented with strikers such as Muhaimin Suhaimi (U-16) and Zulfadhmi Suzliman (U-15) providing the attacking verve up front, the future does look promising.

 

It’s also worth noting that legends Fandi Ahmad and V Sundramoorthy made their name in this very tournament all those years ago and there is much hope that stars will emerge again after this year’s tournament.