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NIKE LAUNCH ‘FC247 OWN MY GROUND’ TOURNAMENT

Twelve school boys experienced the surprise of their life during their after school kick-about beside a HDB block in Bedok South last Thursday.  In celebration of the spirit of football anytime, anywhere, Nike launched the

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Twelve school boys experienced the surprise of their life during their after school kick-about beside a HDB block in Bedok South last Thursday. 

In celebration of the spirit of football anytime, anywhere, Nike launched the FC247 Own My Ground Tournament with a disruptive scouting launch in the HDB heartland of Singapore, where boys who play football know how it feels to worry about police officers chasing them away.

As part of the Nike FC247 ambush-scouting launch, twelve school boys were stopped in the middle of their kick-about game near a HDB block in Bedok by two men clad in security uniform. The two men stood with their arms crossed underneath a “No Football” sign hanging right beside the court, and it looked like the game was over for the boys. 

But there was a twist to the tale, as the men were actually members of the Nike FC247 Special Squad, who were there to apprehend the boys for the Nike FC247 Own My Ground Tournament. The Nike FC247 Special Squad approached their game and watched intently as the teenagers played. The boys, all from Bedok View Secondary School, were nervous and surprised at the arrival of the two FC247 security officers.

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Mohamed Daniel Bin Mohad Salem, 15, one of the boys selected by the Nike FC247 squad said, “At first seeing the ‘police’ was quite scary, as we were worried we would be in trouble. Once we found out that they were there to select us for a football tournament, we were really excited! We all tried our best to be noticed and to show our best skills during the game. We always play here after school and the visit today was really unexpected and cool.”
 
Upon revealing their true identity, the Nike FC247 Special Squad invited the boys to show their best skills in a 10-minute game. 6 boys were eventually selected and given invitation cards to the Nike FC247 Own My Ground Tournament on 18 May.
 
The five boys selected were, Muhmmad Ridwan, 15; Shaun Firdaus Hopson Abduallah, 16; Muhammad Danish Bin Balogn, 15; Omar Uqba, 16, Shaikh Faid bin Omar, 16; and Mohamed Daniel Bin Mohad Salem, 15. The boys were all invited to form a 5-a-side team to take part in the ‘FC247 Own My Ground’ tournament, which will be held on 18 May.

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The Nike FC247 Own My Ground tournament is a celebration of football anytime and in any place. The tournament will take place at 9am on 18 May. Interested players must be aged between 16 and 19 and may call the following hotline between 10am to 5pm, Monday to Friday: 6571 6379. Teams who wish to participate must have a minimum of five players and a maximum of seven players registered in order to play.

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