Pavkovic to step down as FAS Technical Director
Pavkovic had been at FAS since April 2008, working to reform and enhance Singapore's youth development structure and programmes, including the National Football Academy and Junior Centre of Excellences.
The 58-year-old also mentored and guided coaches and teams at key competitions like the 2010 Youth Olympic Games, 2011 S.League and Southeast Asian Games and 2013 Asian Youth Games.
"Over the years, many players including Harriss Harun, Safuwan Baharudin and Iqbal Hussain have progressed from the NFA age-groups to the senior national team and have also caught the attention of foreign coaches and scouts," Pavkovic said.
"We have a good pool of talented and intelligent players and I firmly believe that more will be presented with the opportunity to play overseas if we receive more support and resources to send our players to play more top-level international matches and also to train at quality facilities and pitches.
"I have enjoyed working for the FAS and while it has been a rewarding journey, I believe it is time for me to embark on a new challenge – possibly with clubs either in Singapore or the region."
FAS President Zainudin Nordin thanked Pavkovic for his contributions to both the Association and local football, wishing him well for his future endeavours.
"We respect Slobodan’s decision to pursue other opportunities," he said.
"Slobodan has, in recent years, been working closely with his colleagues to implement key programmes aimed at facilitating the development of footballers from a young age.
"These include the launch of the revamped Clubs Centres of Excellence and the introduction of the Junior Centres of Excellence programmes as well as the National Football Syllabus which serves as a guide for coaches in Singapore.
"The endorsement of our youth development structure and programmes by senior international football officials would not have been possible without the commitment and hard work of our colleagues including Slobodan."
Pavkovic will officially leave his post in January, while the Football Association have already started identifying and shortlisting candidates for the two positions.
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