FAS confirm Sablon appointment
The Football Association of Singapore has confirmed the appointment of Michel Sablon as its new technical director.
The 67-year-old Belgian was heavily involved in his homeland's coaching set-up for the past three decades.
As the Royal Belgian Football Federation's national technical director, Sablon was also instrumental in developing Belgium's current golden generation of players - including EPL stars like Vincent Kompany, Marouane Fellaini and Eden Hazard.
Sablon said: "It was a rigorous recruitment process and I deeply appreciate that the FAS officials were sincere and forthright throughout the process.
"Youth development is a long-term project and takes time to yield results...I am confident that the quality of players who have been developed through our full youth development system will be greatly enhanced by the time they graduate from the NFA.
"Belgium and Singapore are countries with a small population size and while the challenges and constraints are, to some extent, different, I am confident in building on the success of FAS’ youth development system."
FAS president Zainudin Nordin said: "Michel is one of the most renowned and successful technical directors in the world today, and his vision and hard work in revamping the youth development system in Belgium have been acknowledged as a key factor in the rise and success of Belgian football in recent years.
"He brings with him great wealth of international experience, ability and track record in mentoring and grooming youth players and coaches, and his experience at the Fifa World Cup and other high-profile competitions will benefit our various teams preparing for their international assignments.
"In view of his experience in managing Uefa Euro 2000, Michel is well-positioned to spearhead our bid to host the Fifa Under-17 World Cup and oversee the long-term preparations for the competition.”
Sablon will make his first appearance before the Singapore media at a press conference next Thursday (April 9).
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