FAS technical director Sablon says he needs time to change youth development here
Sablon calls for patience as he spells out viable blueprint for Singapore football
It was his blueprint that set Belgian football on a path to the World Cup quarter-finals last year, and now into third spot in the Fifa world rankings, but do not expect Michel Sablon, the Football Association of Singapore's (FAS) newly-appointed technical director to work the same magic in the Republic - at least not so quickly.
His experience in Belgium - a country with 11 million inhabitants and 34 professional clubs - has given him a fair idea of what elements are important for a youth development system to produce talent.
But the 67-year-old, who is on a two-year contract with the FAS, knows he cannot take the Belgian plan wholesale, transplant it here, and expect it to work.
He called for patience yesterday, when he was unveiled to the media, while he analyses the local football ecosystem, and then draws up a blueprint that can bring Singapore football to the next level.
Read the full report in our print edition on April 10.
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