NFA boys bound for Ajax training stint

Amer Nazri and Amirul Azmi of the National Football Academy will head to the Netherlands for a two-week training stint with AFC Ajax.
National Football Academy (NFA) players Amer Nazri and Amirul Azmi will embark on two-week training stint with the world-renowned AFC Ajax youth academy, beginning 8 March 2013.

The boys would be involved in a structured training programme in Amsterdam. They will be hosted by a foster family for the entire duration of the training stint.

At the beginning of the 24th Canon Lion City Cup in June last year, Canon had pledged to send one
outstanding player each, from the NFA U15 and NFA U16 teams, to train with the Ajax youth

Amer Nazri, who was awarded the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the NFA U15 team, was chosen by a panel consisting of local and foreign coaches who were involved in last year’s tournament.

NFA U16 skipper, Adam Swandi was slated to be the orginal player from the team to head to Ajax. However, having already signed a two-year contract with FC Metz, oustanding midfielder, Amirul Azmi, was the natural choice to be Swandi's replacement.

Ridzal Saat, Deputy Director, Development & Planning at the Football Association of Singapore reiterated that youth development is a key aspect of FAS' strategic plan.

“Youth development is one of the core areas of our Strategic Plan," he noted.

"FAS has been sending youth players for overseas exposure on a regular basis."

"Our National Football Academy Under-17 and Under-18 teams are currently in Dubai to face the likes of UAE’s Under-17 team among other top youth teams from UAE," he added.

The boys departed on 8 March 2013 at 1:25am on KLM, Royal Dutch Airlines, flight number KL 0836.