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JAPANESE CLUB ALBIREX WANTS TO BECOME LOCAL TEAM, DOES COMMUNITY OUTREACH

The duo, 12 year old Danial Feroz and 13 year old Tan Yu Hen, will attend the Yuhua Albirex Football Academy (Yafa) training tour from Sept 2-10 to train at Albirex's parent club in Niigata, Japan. Their trip, worth $3,000, is sponsored by the Albirex Sports Development Fund, an initiative from the club to develop sports in Singapore. Both teens are secondary students, and they will spend the week in Niigata to experience the football training there and experience first hand the Japanese culture.

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YOUNG LIONS FOOTBALL IS A FAILED PROJECT, TIME TO SCRAP THEM

The recent failure of our SEA Games squad to get past the Group stage confirms this - the majority of its players came from the Garena Young Lions. The abject performance is blamed on the lack of physical fitness, tactical awareness, team play and ability to score goals. This is despite year-round exposure to top-level S-League football. It is time to scrap the Young Lions' S-League team.

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INACTIVE FOOTBALL CLUBS RUNNING JACKPOT ROOM TOLD TO STOP

The newly elected FAS council have given an ultimatum to four inactive S-League clubs that operate jackpot rooms an ultimatum - either return to playing in the S-League, or be de-affiliated and give up their cash machines. This fruit machines issue came under the spotlight in April, when losing presidential candidate, Bill Ng, disclosed the fact that jackpot machines had enabled his club, Tiong Bahru FC to make a huge donation to the AFC. Tiong Bahru FC and Bill Ng are currently under investigations, along with a few others, including ex FAS president, Zainudin Nordin.

The four inactive S-League clubs who were still earning money from jackpot machines were named as Tanjong Pagar United, Gombak United, Woodlands and Sinchi FC. FAS have stated that if these clubs are not serious about football but only about generating income via their jackfruit machines, should no longer be able to run jackpot rooms under the umbrella of being professional football clubs. Some of the four sit-out clubs have indicated their willingness to return to the S-League, but are worried about the costs and whether they had the funds to run a professional team.

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UNPROFESSIONAL FOOTBALLER SKIPS COURT HEARING, ARRESTED AS RESULT

Yet another report of soccer player running into problems with the law. Over the weekend, news came out that National Team footballer Shakir Hamzah was arrested at Changi Airport just before his S-League club Tampines was due to fly off to Malaysia for a friendly match.

Apparently, he was arrested for failure to attend court for a case related to his family matters. To simply ignore the court and attempt travel out of the country, shows a lack of respect for the country's laws. We cannot jump to conclusions on what the case is about, that is for the courts to decide. What is important is that everyone respects the Courts, and not think you can get away with anything just because you are a National Footballer.

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PROFESSIONAL S-LEAGUE CLUBS DON'T KNOW CPF RULES

Interesting to see that the CPF Board is fining some S-League clubs for failing to pay their youth players CPF money. Problem started some months back, as these S-League clubs pay only CPF to their players in the S-League squad, but no CPF to their youngsters, who were given allowance money instead of salaries.

The clubs had assumed that these allowance money are not subjected to CPF rules. How come the CPF Board and the S-League clubs, who are supposed to be professionally run outfits, never clarify with each other on the rules? The rules have been in place for quite a while, so no reason for not knowing the rules.

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MALAYSIAN WIN FIFA AWARD, SINGAPORE FOOTBALL STILL IN DOLDRUMS

Yesterday's FIFA Awards just gave the goal of the year 2016 to Malaysian Faiz Subri, who plays for Penang in the Malaysian League. He becomes the first Asian to win the prestigious award.

A Malaysian has already won the award, playing in a league that some of our local boys played in too. About time Singapore footballers rise up to the challenge. But maybe time for our own league to be more professionally run first, rather than have all these administrators who keep changing the rules every year? First world country, but cannot even run the world's most favourite sport properly.

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ALEKSANDAR DURIC'S LETTER: THANK YOU VERY MUCH SINGAPORE

While my club career was important to me, my proudest and biggest moment was when I received my Singapore citizenship in October 2007 and was called up by Coach Raddy for the national team at the age of 37. I would score both goals in my first game against Tajikistan in a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier on my debut. It still sends shivers down my spine when I talk about it now.

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INSENSITIVE HOME UNITED FC SACKED MALAY MUSLIM PLAYER BEFORE HARI RAYA

This concerns former Lions XII and national defender, Sevki Sha'ban, who represented Home United FC since last year. He was unceremoniously dismissed over week ago without any compensation. What's troubling is the dismissal coincides with the Ramadan period and the upcoming Hari Raya Puasa. As a Malay-Muslim, this is the biggest festival of the year. What's even worse is that he was dismissed without any form of compensation.

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