Press Releases ● Dec 01, 2017



SINGAPORE, 1 DECEMBER 2017: The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) announced today that Winston Lee will be stepping down from his position as General Secretary of the FAS, and leaving the FAS on 31 December 2017 after having spent 18 years in the organisation, and almost 10 years as General Secretary.

The FAS wishes to place on record its deep gratitude for his years of loyal service during which he led football to significant changes.

Yazeen Buhari, the current Deputy General Secretary of the FAS will assume the responsibilities of the General Secretary as Acting General Secretary. A deliberate search process encompassing internal and external candidates will ensue before a permanent appointment is announced. At the same time, the FAS will also commence a search for a Deputy General Secretary (Competitions).

Mr Lee said: “It has been 18 years since I joined the FAS and I had earlier in the year decided that it was time for me to commence the next chapter of my life journey. I was humbled by President Lim Kia Tong’s request for me to stay on and support the new Council, and I agreed. Following the conclusion of the season and also in view of the fact that the Council has finalised a good set of plans which will bring football to the next level, I decided it is timely to spend more time with my ageing mother and start the next chapter of my life. However, I have promised President Lim that I will continue to contribute to local football in any way possible.

“I would like to thank President Lim and the Council Members for their support and confidence in me all these years. I am thankful to our fans, volunteers, partners, sponsors, clubs, players and their families, agencies and the media for their support towards Singapore football. I am also grateful to my colleagues in FAS for all of the long hours and hard work they have put in. I could not have asked for a more supportive team. It has been a privilege working with these dedicated individuals and colleagues who are committed to achieving the best for local football.”

Mr Lee added: “Looking ahead, I am confident that the ExCo and Council will achieve success in implementing the various new plans for Singapore football. It will take some time before the results of these plans are visible and I hope all stakeholders and fans will fully support the Council throughout the journey.”

President Lim concluded: “On behalf of the football community, I want to place on record our sincere appreciation and gratitude to Winston for his unwavering commitment and accomplishments over the years. We wish Winston well in his new endeavours and we will explore ways to utilise his expertise and experience which will only strengthen our ongoing journey towards becoming a strong football nation.”