Press Releases ● Dec 29, 2014

FAS EXCO Concludes Fourth Meeting Of The Year


SINGAPORE, 29 DECEMBER 2014: The Football Association of Singapore’s (FAS) executive committee (EXCO) met earlier today to discuss key issues including the appointment of the next Technical Director and also reviewed the post-AFF Suzuki Cup reports submitted by the technical team and backroom staff of the National Team.

At the Annual General Meeting in September, the FAS announced that it is on the search for a new Technical Director with experience in leading a team at FIFA’s or UEFA”s age-group world championships or a good track record as the TD of a top team in Europe.

The FAS EXCO, led by FAS President Mr Zainudin Nordin, is pleased to announce today that five candidates have been shortlisted for the position. They were chosen from over 60 applicants from the top 20 countries in the world football rankings.

Senior FAS management has already met with the candidates, and expects to appoint the candidate before March 2015.

Said Mr Zainudin: “We spent the past few months looking for the best available person who will be a good fit with the local football environment.

“I am very pleased with the calibre and quality of the candidates who have applied for the position.

“We have met with the shortlisted candidates who have shown us their plans for Singapore youth development that are aligned with our goals of producing competitive and winning teams at all age-group levels for key competitions such as Asian Cup, Asian Games, FIFA Asian World Cup Qualifiers, Pre-Olympic Qualifiers, AFF Suzuki Cup, SEA Games and AFC/AFF age-group competitions.

“We hope to announce the appointment before March.”

The FAS EXCO also reviewed the post-AFF Suzuki Cup reports submitted by the technical team and backroom staff of the National Team at today’s meeting, and shared their views and feedback with National Teams Head Coach Bernd Stange and the Team Managers. This is a standard internal process aimed at further enhancing our teams‚Äô preparations for key competitions.

Coach Stange had received the EXCO’s feedback positively, saying: “I had earlier submitted a review of the National Team’s performance to the FAS management, and I have since received their feedback on a few matters.

“I have taken the feedback from the management and the team seriously and will adopt key suggestions as we prepare for three key assignments in the next six months: the National Team’s FIFA World Cup Qualifiers, the Under-23 team’s SEA Games competition and the Under-22’s participation in the AFC U-22 qualifiers.

“I will learn from, and rectify, the mistakes we had made and aim to make our team stronger and better. I am fully focused on the next assignment, and I would like to thank the FAS, its management and staff, our teams and players, and our stakeholders including the fans and the media for their support towards me and the team.”

FAS will continue to work closely with the national team backroom staff, including coaches, and ensure they receive the support they need in their preparations for upcoming competitions including the 2015 South East Asian (SEA) Games, the FIFA Asian World Cup qualifiers and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-22 qualifers.

The performances of our National Team coaching staff, including Coach Bernd Stange, will be assessed following the 2015 SEA Games, which remain a priority for us.