Six young footballers were selected by former Singapore captain Nazri Nasir to join the National Football Academy Under -15 (NFA U15) squad for training this week, after impressing at the Nike “Be Mercurial Elite Training” camp on Saturday.
The camp, held as part of Nike’s commitment to the local grassroots and youth football scene, saw 100 players from six schools converge at St. Patrick’s Secondary School. They underwent a series of drills collectively known as SPARQ, which tested them on their Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness. The players also took part in the Cristiano Ronaldo challenge, which challenged their agility and ball control.
In the end, 16-year-old secondary school students Muhammad Hilmi Bin Abu Talib (Woodlands), Muhammad Harith Riqi Bin Razali (Dunearn), Muhammad Haiqal Bin Razali (Hong Kah) and Muhammad Urffi Bin Mohammad Nahwi (St Patrick’s), as well as Muhammad Sufi bin Muhammad Jantan (Serangoon Garden) and Geordan Leicester (St Patrick’s), both 15, were picked by Nazri to train with the NFA U15s.
“I am happy to be selected as it will make my family really happy and proud,” Urffi said after the camp. “My family has been really supportive of me and being selected means that I have the potential to go further.”
Nazri explained that such events were useful for assessing all the aspects of a young footballer’s game, as well as how they coped and played in a game situation.
“Through these camps, we can identify talented kids with potential to play for the national youth teams,” he said.
*Picture of Nazri Nasir and Geordan Leicester, courtesy of Nike Singapore