Singapore, 20 November 2010 - Five of Singapore's best young footballers were short-listed yesterday for the inaugural Dollah Kassim Award, named after the late Singapore football legend, who passed away on 14 Oct 2010.
The Dollah Kassim Award, aimed at aspiring young talent, is an initiative by The New Paper, in partnership with the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and Singapore Pools.
The award winner will be announced on 11 Dec 2010, during the graduation ceremony for the FAS Natioal Football Academy.
Apart from a trophy, the winner will receive the Singapore Pools Passport to Excellence, which includes an overseas training stint at a prestigious football club.
The five players on the short-list are Ammirul Emmran Bin Mazlan (Age 15), Anumanthan Mohan Kumar (Age 16), Ignatius Ang Yu Heng (Age 18), Jefferey Lightfoot (Age 15) and Muhammad Faris Bin Ramli (Age 18).
The players were short-listed after FAS National Football Academy coaches, who pick and train the best young footballers in the country, made nominations. The Dollah Kassim Award is meant for footballers aged between 15 and 18.
FAS President, Mayor Zainudin Nordin, said: "We were all deeply grieved by the passing of Dollah Kassim. He was an exceptional individual and an outstanding footballer who moved many people. I am sure his life will continue to inspire countless Singaporeans and this award will serve to motivate young players to excel both on and off the pitch."
The winner will not only be a promising footballer, he will also be chosen as an ambassador for the sport, to be seen as a role model for other aspiring young players.
Said Mr Dominic Nathan, Editor of The New Paper: "We wanted this award not only to honour the spirit of the Gelek King, but also to serve as an inspiration to a new generation of footballers. The reason we are making their characters part of the assessment is that we want young footballers to realise that their behaviour matters too."
A panel of judges from The New Paper, the Football Association of Singapore and Singapore Pools will select the winner.
Readers of The New Paper will also play a part by voting for the player they deem most worthy for the inaugural award.
Said Mr Tan Soo Nan, Chief Executive Officer, Singapore Pools (Private) Limited: "Singapore Pools is pleased to partner The New Paper and Football Association of Singapore on the Dollah Kassim Award. Not only was Dollah a Singapore football legend, he was an invaluable member of Singapore Pools team for 41 years.
"Apart from a week of technical training with a prestigious football club overseas, we hope the winner of the Singapore Pools Passport to Excellence will get all-round exposure in a different environment, make new friends and imbibe values and qualities necessary for an enduring career in football."
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