Ex-YOG football star arrested for drug offences
Footballer Hanafi Akbar, who starred for Singapore at the 2010 Youth Olympics Games (YOG), was arrested for drug offences on Wednesday (Jan 28) morning.
The New Paper understands that the 19-year-old, once considered one of Singapore’s most exciting prospects, was arrested around 5am outside his home and was taken to Bedok Police Station.
When contacted on Thursday (Jan 29), his father, Mr Akbar Abu Bakar, confirmed that police had called his home to inform him of Hanafi’s arrest, but no further details were revealed.
As of Thursday night, Hanafi, who is serving his National Service (NS) with the Singapore Police Force, was still in remand at the police station and under interrogation.
Hanafi, dubbed the “Gelek Prince” for his dribbling skills, was part of the much-vaunted 2010 YOG bronze-winning football team.
He signed for S.League club Balestier Khalsa’s prime league squad in December 2013, before enlisting for NS last September.
Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 30.
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