Press Releases ● Jun 17, 2013
Coach Stange to Receive 2013 German Football Ambassador Award
Coach Bernd to donate prize money to Singapore Cerebral Palsy Football Team
SINGAPORE, 17 June 2013: The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is pleased to announce that Singapore’s national team head coach Bernd Stange was presented with the German Football Ambassador Award today. Coach Bernd is one of the five illustrious nominees for the Award – with the likes of Jurgen Klinsmann and eventual winner Holger Obermann.
The German Football Ambassador Award is an initiative introduced by Roland Bischof in 2011 under the patronage of football coaching legend Rudi Gutendorf. This initiative was introduced to recognize German coaches and players who have contributed to a positive reputation of Germany through their sporting and social engagement broad.
Coach Bernd will be donating his prize money to the Singapore Cerebral Palsy Football Team. He said: “I feel extremely honoured to have been nominated for the prestigious German Football Ambassador Award. It reflects the recognition of my work in a diverse set of countries and environments by the German football community. Besides aiming for success on the pitch, my activities have also always been based on higher values and broader purposes. I would like to see the donation of my award to the Singapore Cerebral Palsy Football team as an extension of the National Team being a role model and a major driver in the development of football at every level in Singapore.”
FAS’ President Zainudin Nordin said: “We are proud to hear that coach Bernd is one of the five celebrated German coaches who has been nominated for his accomplishments abroad. I am always a keen supporter of the Singapore Cerebral Palsy Football Team, and I am really pleased coach Bernd is donating his prize money to help the team achieve their footballing ambitions. Recently, we have also donated our remaining National Team apparels to the Singapore Cerebral Palsy Football Team. We will continue to play our part for the community, and we want our coaches, players, and backroom staff to realise that football is more than just achieving top honours at the various tournaments and league games.”
Head coach of the Singapore Cerebral Palsy Football Team, Mr Mohamed Zainudeen said: “We are definitely encouraged by the support from coach Bernd Stange and the Football Association of Singapore. We are certain that this will further propel the team to strive towards their ultimate goal to achieve good results at the 2014 ASEAN Para Games. We also wish to send a positive message to all Singaporeans to dare to dream of achieving great things in life.”