FAS and FFF say 'Oui'

FAS and FFF say 'Oui'

He has overseen the development of talent like Paul Pogba, who swopped the red of Manchester United for the blackand- white of Italian giants Juventus.

Starting on Thursday, Frederic Lipka will impart his experience to local coaches.

The former Le Havre academy director is a coaching adviser at the French Football Federation (FFF), and his four-day course will kick-start the four-year memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and the FFF on Tuesday.

"This is not a paper exercise, it is a real partnership... that will provide a platform to learn and exchange expertise... especially in the areas of youth development, as well as coach and referee education," said FAS president Zai-nudin Nordin, at the signing ceremony at Jalan Besar Stadium on Tuesday.

Zainudin hopes that in due course, Singapore youngsters will follow in the footsteps of teenager Adam Swandi, who is on the roster of French side FC Metz.

He also hopes that some will experience the Clairefontaine Technical Centre, which has produced the likes of Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka.

"We are confident that Singapore and France will be good partners through this four-year-term," said FFF deputy president Bernard Desumer.

"We have a real willingness to work together in sharing good practices... and this partnership is not only a oneway (affair)."

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