FAS ● Jun 10, 2024

United for a national cause


The FAS Football Science and Medicine (FSAM) team observing training at the training facility, 9 June 2024


The backroom staff of a football team comprises not just the technical coaching personnel which focus on cultivating the players’ abilities but also the dedicated cadre of support staff toiling behind the scenes to ensure peak performances.


To enhance player performance and prevent sports injuries, the key department within the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) overseeing this is the Football Science and Medicine (FSAM) team. Led by Head of FSAM Firdaus Maasar, the team utilises advanced research to improve players’ fitness and sharpness.


Firdaus is an experienced Sports Scientist with a demonstrated history of working in the professional game through his stints in world class setups such as English Premier League side Liverpool FC as well as the world-renowned Aspire Academy in Qatar. Prior to his appointment with FAS, he was the Senior Physiologist for Singapore Premier League (SPL) side Lion City Sailors.


Head of FSAM Firdaus Maasar preparing the equipment at the training facility, 9 June 2024


His team providing support for the National Team includes Lead Physiotherapist Nurhafizah Abu Sujad or ‘Kak Fizah’ as she’s commonly known to the players. She plays a crucial role in ensuring players remain robust throughout rigorous campaigns. Fizah has garnered respect among her peers as a physiotherapist over the past decade and for her drive for developmental work and building top-level sports science and sports medicine departments.


Lead Physiotherapist Nurhafizah Abu Sujad observing training at the training facility, 9 June 2024


The team is further supported by sports trainers Nasruldin Baharuddin, Ryan Wang and Fazly Hasan, who work hand-in-hand to tailor training programs to the players’ needs, as well as video analyst Daniel Lau, whose insights contribute to the formation of team strategy.


Top to Bottom: Sports Trainers Nasruldin Baharuddin and Ryan Wang prepare the training session set-up while Video Analyst Daniel Lau observes the training from a vantage point, 9 June 2024


The latest addition to the team for this June international window is Dževad Šarić. As the Fitness Coach for the Lions, he aims to add another dimension to the team’s capabilities, standing as a linchpin, bridging the gap between physical conditioning and on-field performance.


Originating from Bosnia & Herzegovina, Šarić’s journey mirrors that of many of his colleagues, showcasing their shared passion for the beautiful game. Armed with a UEFA Pro License, Šarić brings a wealth of experience, having worked across three different continents and eight countries, allowing him to deliver a fresh outlook to the team. However, he is but a cog in the multifaceted ensemble driving the team forward as they look to build on improving their performance levels.


The opportunity to have Šarić join the National Team for the June window was initiated by National Team Head Coach, Tsutomu Ogura. The Sailors’ Head Strength & Conditioning (S&C) Coach was among many considered for the role and ultimately was invited to join the national set-up with the blessings of his parent club.


Similar to the supporting roles played by BG Tampines Rovers Head Coach Gavin Lee and Young Lions assistant coach Fadzhuasny Juraimi on the coaching front, Šarić’s appointment underscores the support given by the SPL clubs to the national cause.


Šarić aims to implement Coach Ogura’s vision for the team by infusing it with his individual experience and knowledge. His primary goal is to foster unity and elevate the team’s performance by ensuring players are finely tuned for success. “A positive impact on people’s lives or the feeling that you have helped someone achieve their goal is a measure of success for me.” said the 40-year-old.



Fitness Coach Dževad Šarić casting a watchful eye over training at the training facility, 9 June 2024




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