Lion City Sailors' $1m youth academy revamp will help lift S'pore football, say observers

Sailors chairman Forrest Li embraced the diversity of views, reiterating his commitment to this "long-term" project. PHOTO: LION CITY SAILORS
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SINGAPORE - The announcement of a $1 million elite development programme, the centrepiece of the Lion City Sailors' revamped football academy, quickly generated plenty of buzz in the local football fraternity on Wednesday (June 10).

Many welcomed the Singapore Premier League club's investment and lofty plans of grooming players for the top leagues in Asia and Europe. Some, however, were sceptical if an European-style programme for young players could work in Singapore.

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