Don’t Stop Running, Faris!
Just like this photo, keep running, Faris. What we have seen for the past week was determination, hardwork and national pride! Your effort at the national stage made us proud of you. Singapore’s Faris Ramli did
Just like this photo, keep running, Faris. What we have seen for the past week was determination, hardwork and national pride! Your effort at the national stage made us proud of you.
Singapore’s Faris Ramli did not make it to the final 26 at the Nike ‘The Chance’ Global Finals held in Barcelona, Spain. Having done the nation proud by getting into the Top 52, the Young Lions winger went into the semi-finals along with 51 other footballer but did not impress the coaches enough to stake a claim for the final 26.
Once again, the announcement was made after dinner with half of yesterday’s semi-finalists told they have done enough to carry on in the competition. “The final 26 have conducted themselves so well this week and have shown me that not only are they the best here, but that they can take further steps and represent the Nike Academy in the future”
For the other half it was hard to take but their mood was buoyed by a visit from former Inter Milan star Marco Materazzi. The Azzuri legend had these words of advice for the talented youngsters, who have one last chance to impress when they play tomorrow.
“The final 26 have done so well to make it to the final game. Now though they have to sleep well and arrive at the final with real hunger. It is the hungry ones that will succeed. On the pitch they must be themselves and do the simple things well. That is the secret.”
Despite having his journey halted at the Top 52 stage, a grateful Faris said: “This has been an amazing journey. From the day I took part in the Country Finals all the way to being here in Barcelona. Who would have dreamed of such a fantastic chance. I may not have made it through to the top 26 but what I have learnt here at the Global Finals will make me a better player. The tips that coaches shared with me and the advice given by the football stars like Marco Materazzi and David Luiz, nothing can replace it. I would like to thank Nike for this great, great opportunity. I don’t think my journey ends here. In fact, this will spur me on to becoming a professional footballer.”
When asked about what he felt was lacking for him in the semi-finals, Faris quickly added: “Communication was a problem. The players on the pitch wanted to showcase their talent and with my position on the wing, it was tough getting the ball. However, when they switched me to a more central role, I felt that I did well. Still, the quality on the pitch here at The Chance Global Finals is scary. Everyone is so good. I guess I was just that bit unlucky. See you all back in Singapore.”
So, don’t stop running, Faris! Bring back your experience playing at one of the highest level and share with Singapore’s football!
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