'It all depends on the FA in Singapore' - Adam Swandi on possibilities of playing in Europe

The Singapore U16 captain was not keen on playing abroad, stating his preference to stay with his current team while Ajax's Kreek felt he could do with a test in Europe
Crowd favourite Adam Swandi who starred in the 4-0 semi-final dismantling of Vasco da Gama and was labelled as being 'South American' by the visiting team's coach had a quiet game in the Lion City Cup Final as the Singapore U16's went down 4-1 to Ajax Amsterdam U16.

But Michel Kreek, the Ajax Amsterdam U16 coach had a few words of advice for the rising star of Singapore football, believing he has the ability to match his European counterparts.

“Adam Swandi is a good player and has potential and I would like to see him in Europe for trials," said Kreek when pressed on his opinion on the Singapore starlet.

"It will be a good challenge and opportunity to level up with the best in Europe and only then can we see whether he is capable to compete in Europe.”

Despite the encouragement, Adam himself was restrained in his desire to make a name abroad.

"I can't say anything about that," said the 16-year-old when asked if he would like to take up the challenge of playing in Europe.

"It all depends on the FA in Singapore."

Adam then cited his ties here as a reason for preferring to stay in Singapore:  " I really hope to stay with the team here. We have bonded really well and really understand each other and can play well with each other."

Speaking on his side's heavy defeat in the final Adam conceded that they had lost to a better team and that offensive lapses were not the only contributing factor to their defeat.

"We weren't clinical in front of goal which might have changed the game," he admitted.

"But it's the whole team that makes the mistakes anyway so it doesn't quite matter.

"We've tried our best and we've given our all.  But we still couldn't stop them. They are a great team."