Faris Ramli ends Nike 'The Chance' Academy journey

Having done the nation proud by getting into the Top 52, the Young Lions winger did not impress the coaches enough to stake a claim for the final 26
The finalists had to endure another nerve wracking afternoon and evening as head coach Jimmy Gilligan and his staff made their tough choice of the 26 who will play in the final game at FC Barcelona’s Mini Estadi.

Once again, the announcement was made after dinner, with half of the semi-finalists told they had done enough to carry on in the competition.

Despite having his journey halted at the Top 52 stage, a grateful Faris said: "This has been an amazing journey. From the day I took part in the Country Finals all the way to being here in Barcelona. Who would have dreamed of such a fantastic chance. I may not have made it through to the top 26 but what I have learnt here at the Global Finals will make me a better player. The tips that coaches shared with me and the advice given by the football stars like Marco Materazzi and David Luiz, nothing can replace it. I would like to thank Nike for this great, great opportunity. I don't think my journey ends here. In fact, this will spur me on to becoming a professional footballer."
When asked about what he felt was lacking for him in the semi-finals, Faris quickly added: "Communication was a problem. The players on the pitch wanted to showcase their talent and with my position on the wing, it was tough getting the ball. However, when they switched me to a more central role, I felt that I did well. Still, the quality on the pitch here at The Chance Global Finals is scary. Everyone is so good. I guess I was just that bit unlucky. See you all back in Singapore."
The final 26 will now play in the final game at FC Barcelona's Mini Estadi before the coaches decide their Top 16.
The list of Final 26 (#jersey number) 

#40 Raoul Lombardo, Italy

#3 Jorge Vallejos, Argentina

#6 Ismail H’Maidat, Belgium

#8 Wallace Camilo, Brazil

#11 Piero Malerba, Chile

#27 David Fernandes, France

#43 Yuki Yamanouchi, Japan

#46 Young Jae Seo, Korea

#68 Kirill Laptev, Russia

#72 Petar Golubovic, Serbia

#76 Teboho Charlie Tsotetsi, South Africa

#77 Melusi Zulu, South Africa

#93 Vladyslav Kolisnyk, Ukraine

#54 Ritchie Steinmann, Netherlands

#7 Dario Van Den Buijs, Belgium

#16 Kevin David Salazar, Colombia

#24 Joel Bravo, Ecuador

#32 Dimitris Komnos, Greece

#39 Marco Di Lauro, Italy

#41 Ryosuke Kinoshita, Japan

#64 Kamil Piotrowski, Poland

#78 Saifeddine Alami, Spain

#79 Gonzalo Balbi, Spain

#83 Bubakary Sonko, Sweden

#92 Jose Figura, United Kingdom

#100 Brian Iloski, United States