The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has announced the appointment of Michel Sablon, the man who played a key role in Belgium youth development system’s resurgence as their new technical director.
The two-year appointment was announced on Thursday and FAS president Zainudin Nordin underlined the 67-year-old’s history of helping bring through the likes of ‘golden generation’ Eden Hazard, Thibaut Courtois and Romelu Lukaku to Belgium’s national team.
“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 their rise and success,” Nordin said in a statement released by FAS.
Sablon’s coaching career has extended across Belgium’s youth system, including their Olympic squad. A member of the country’s coaching staff at the 1990 and 1994 World Cups, his focus with the FAS will be on improving Singapore’s elite youth player development and coach education.
“It was a rigorous recruitment process and I deeply appreciate that the FAS officials were sincere and forthright throughout the process,” Sablon said. “Youth development is a long-term project and takes time to yield results.
“Belgium and Singapore are countries with a small population and while the challenges and constraints are, to some extent, different, I am confident in building on the success of FAS’ youth development system.”