Football: Wanderlust a boon for Singapore football

Singapore Under-21 footballer Saifullah Akbar is on trial with second-tier Spanish side Tenerife.
Singapore Under-21 footballer Saifullah Akbar is on trial with second-tier Spanish side Tenerife.PHOTO COURTESY OF SAIFULLAH AKBAR

Trend of players going for overseas trials will benefit local game: FAS technical director

Most local football fans will know the story of how Fandi Ahmad dazzled during trials at Ajax Amsterdam in 1982, only to reject a contract after consulting his family elders.

Few, however, know how he got the opportunity to audition at one of Europe's most well-known clubs in the first place.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on August 19, 2018, with the headline 'Wanderlust a boon for s'pore football'. Print Edition | Subscribe