Singapore Premier League 2019 season review

Football: Singapore Premier League a boost for young talent

Players from Brunei DPMM celebrating at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last Sunday after the team were crowned Singapore Premier League champions for the second time in five years. PHOTO: SINGAPORE PREMIER LEAGUE
Players from Brunei DPMM celebrating at the Hassanal Bolkiah National Stadium last Sunday after the team were crowned Singapore Premier League champions for the second time in five years. PHOTO: SINGAPORE PREMIER LEAGUE
Farhan Zulkifli (right) celebrating with Hougang United teammate Faris Ramli against Albirex Niigata. Farhan, 16, is among eight players 23 and under called up by the Singapore national team. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE
Farhan Zulkifli (right) celebrating with Hougang United teammate Faris Ramli against Albirex Niigata. Farhan, 16, is among eight players 23 and under called up by the Singapore national team. ST PHOTO: DESMOND WEE

Youth-centric policy bears fruit while clubs get better support but league still work in progress

As Singapore prepare to take on Saudi Arabia in a World Cup qualifier on Friday, 16-year-old Farhan Zulkifli will be among the young Lions eager to prove themselves to coach Tatsuma Yoshida.

The Hougang United winger was rewarded with a place in the national squad after putting in consistent performances in the recently concluded Singapore Premier League (SPL) season.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 06, 2019, with the headline 'Boost for young talent '. Print Edition | Subscribe