Replies to Media ● Nov 23, 2017
FAS’ reply to media query regarding recruiting foreign talents into National Team
“The focus of the Football Association of Singapore is to ensure that there is a strong base to develop our youths for a sustainable pipeline of quality players for the National Team coach to select from. The S.League is a key platform for the development of players and the new plans unveiled are in line with our objective towards building a successful National Team.
“There are many foreign-born players who took up citizenship such as Daniel Bennett and Mustafic Fahrudin who have contributed to Singapore football, and our merit-based scouting process for the talent pipeline will be expanded to consider players from the Leagues, schools and private academies.
“However, the process of naturalising foreign players is complex. Before initiating the process, we have to, to the best of our ability, make certain that they will be able to significantly add value to not only the National Team but also Singapore football holistically.
“We will continue to work closely with our stakeholders who believe in the shared vision for Singapore football.”
– Mr Yazeen Buhari, Deputy General Secretary