It has been more than three years since Dollah Kassim died, but he is far from forgotten.
With his jinking runs and mesmerising dribbles, the Gelek King left an indelible mark on Singapore football, and his legacy will be carried on by the eight nominees for this year's Dollah Kassim Award.
The award - initiated by The New Paper in partnership with Singapore Pools and the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) in 2010 - recognises both footballing excellence and character, both of which Dollah had in abundance.
In addition to a trophy, the winner will also bag the Singapore Pools Passport to Excellence, which also comes with an overseas training stint at a prestigious football club.
Previous winners Ammirul Emmran Mazlan (2010) and Adam Swandi (2011) both enjoyed two-week training spells with English Premier League side Newcastle United, while last year's winner R Aaravin is set to have a training stint at French side FC Metz.
TNP Sports Editor S Murali said: "We are not just looking for the best footballer among the nominees, but also someone who embodies all the qualities which made the late Dollah such a lovable figure.
"Our first three winners - Ammirul, Adam and Aaravin - are not just good players but also role models for their teams.
"This year's nominees have impressed their respective national youth team coaches with their talent and attitude, and I am sure all would make worthy winners."
This year's winner, to be announced on Dec 1, will be selected by a panel of judges from TNP, the FAS and Singapore Pools.
But you, the reader, can also have your say as readers' votes will also go towards determining which budding young talent will carry on Dollah's legacy through the award.
If your pick goes on to win, you could also win attractive prizes, sponsored by Singapore Pools.
Profiles of the eight candidates will appear in TNP over the coming week.
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