Singapore is finally making a breakthrough in the sports scene!
From Joseph Schooling winning our very first Olympic Gold Medal in 2016, to short-track speed skater Cheyenne Goh being Singapore’s first participant in last month’s Winter Games, our local born-and-bred athletes are making headlines internationally for all the right reasons.
And there looks like another promising prospect is coming up.
On 5 March 2018, 14-year old Putri Nur Syaliza, a Secondary 3 Queensway Secondary student, scored her very first goal for the Singapore women’s football national team against the Maldives- on her international debut!
14-years old, but to score a goal on your very first game? It’s definitely an outstanding start.
Check out the goal here, where Syaliza scores via a nutmeg.
The match against the Maldives National team was played at the Singapore Sports Hub on March 5.
It was a friendly, and was meant as part of preparation for the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Women’s Championships in June.
Syaliza had only trained twice with the team prior to the match, and was, of course, at 14-years old, the youngest on the entire field.
She was a 33rd minute substitute, and scored the stunning strike in the 51st minute.
Singapore went on to dominate the rest of the game, and won by a clear margin of 2-0 against Maldives.
You might be wondering, how does a 14-year old girl get to play in our national team? Was our standard so bad that we had to rely on teenagers?
Well, yes and no. But for the most part, it was due to Syaliza’s incredible form in the inter-school championships in 2017.
In just seven games, she scored 42 goals.
Yes, you read that right. 42 goals – which comes out to 6 goals per game.
Clearly, she was on a different level from the rest of the field, and led Queensway to win the Inter-school championships that year.
The future looks promising for this young Singaporean prospect. Perhaps, someday, we’ll have another footballing legend on par with Fandi Ahmad here.
In the meantime, let’s all hope that Singapore continues to produce great athletes that will do our nation proud!