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The Singapore men’s Under-23 football team have targeted gold at this year’s South-east Asia (SEA) Games in front of their own fans.
The 28th SEA Games will be held here from June 5 to 16, and as the excitement level builds, coach Aide Iskandar and a squad of 26 are currently in Turkey as part of their preparations for the tournament.
Yesterday, the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) released the names of athletes in the first round of the selection process for the Games, and amid a long list of team sports are a 43-strong football squad.
Fandi Ahmad’s sons, Irfan and Ikhsan, and The New Paper’s Dollah Kassim award-winners Ammirul Emmran Mazlan (2010), Adam Swandi (2011) and R Aaravin (2012) are in the squad, which will eventually be trimmed to 20.
The SNOC’s list yesterday featured more than 900 nominations out of 1,234 entries, including athletes for multiple events.
Read the full report in our print edition on Jan 27.
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