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Adam Swandi secures two-year contract with FC Metz

Football Development Fund to support former NFA Under-16 captain's pursuit of footballing and academic success in France


SINGAPORE, 23 FEBRUARY 2013: The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is pleased to announce that one of its outstanding youth players, Adam Swandi, will be leaving for Paris, France tomorrow, at 11.15pm, via Air France flight number AF257 to take up a two-year contract with French club FC Metz. The contract will allow Adam to further his studies while he plays football for FC Metz, whose U-19 team will face the likes of top French teams Nancy, Reims, Sochaux and Troyes in the Championnat National youth competitions.


Having been named the Most Valuable Player of the Singapore National Football Academy Under-16 team at the 24th Canon Lion City Cup tournament last June, the captain recently underwent a number of training stints with top European clubs such as Newcastle United, Chelsea, FC Metz and Atletico Madrid.


Adam will be training with and learning from fellow youth players at FC Metz, which has gained recognition in France and Europe for its successful youth academy. They have produced star players such as French internationals Robert Pirès and Louis Saha, and Togo international Emmanuel Adebayor.


Former National Football Academy (NFA) Under-16 captain Adam said: “I would like to thank FAS, in particular President Zainudin Nordin and General Secretary Winston Lee, for securing my two-year youth contract with FC Metz as well as their commitment in training and developing me over these years. I would also like to thank the Singapore Sports School for helping me fulfill my sporting potential.”


“FAS helped arrange the training attachments and allowed me to gain good exposure. I was able to learn a lot at top European clubs. I am both humbled and honoured to have been singled out by some coaches and clubs in Europe and after much consideration, I have decided to take up FC Metz’s offer because I liked what I saw and experienced and the fact that FC Metz is a club renowned for its youth academy. I am definitely looking forward to further develop my footballing capabilities as well as academic studies at the club.”


Youth Development Manager Akbar Nawas, who was with Adam during his previous attachment stints in Europe, including a 10-day training stint with FC Metz, supported Adam's decision to accept the offer.


“It was a real learning experience for us and we were really impressed with the facilities and the coaching panel at FC Metz, amongst other clubs. FC Metz is renowned for its youth academy setup in Europe, where they have produced several top international players with the likes of Pires, Saha and Adebayor. I am confident and excited for Adam, who will be able to further develop his footballing abilities while continuing his academic studies during these two years with the club,” said Mr Akbar.


“I hope FAS can secure additional resources which will enable more players and coaches to undergo attachment stints at clubs in Europe. This will in turn raise the level of knowledge and capabilities of our players and coaches,” he added.


FAS President Mr Zainudin Nordin said: “FAS is pleased to have secured this invaluable opportunity for Adam to train and study at FC Metz. We believe the two-year stint at the club will benefit both Adam and local football. We will support Adam in his pursuit of both footballing and academic successes, and we hope this will further inspire other youth players to work hard and raise their game to the next level.”


Mr Zainudin added: “Youth development is one of the core areas of our Strategic Plan. We have been sending young players for overseas exposure on a regular basis, in order to facilitate their development and maximise their potential. Last year, FAS established a Football Development Fund which will be used primarily to send players, coaches, referees and staff for overseas attachments to enhance their capabilities and capacities.


“We are developing collaborative partnerships with our partners to systematically groom and develop our youth players. Going forward, we will also strive to secure more sponsorships and funding which will in turn support our objectives of placing our players on overseas attachments and/or assist them in securing a playing contract in a foreign league.”


Adam concluded: “I am confident that more local youth players will have the opportunity to play in Europe to enhance their development soon, in view of the comprehensive and holistic structure of youth development system at FAS, coupled with the establishment of the Football Development Fund.”

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