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Soccer school makes mark with local talents

  • Khairul Saleh

    The Jakarta Pos

Jakarta   /   Sun, May 11 2008   /  12:34 pm

Players of Sekayu Youth Soccer Academy (SYSA) pose for a team photograph prior to practice at Serasan Sekate Stadium on May 6 in Sekayu, Musi Banyuasin regency, South Sumatra. SYSA trainer Kashartadi is pictured on the right. (JP/Khairul Saleh) The Sekayu Youth Soccer Academy (SYSA) was established in December 2004 with an aim to scout local talent throughout South Sumatra, especially from Musi Banyuasin regency. It all started when Lee Hawkins, a former Southampton player, came to work as a trainer at the Asian Soccer Academy (ASA) in Jakarta. In 2004, Hawkins met with Musi Banyuasin regent Alex Noerdin, who offered him a chance to develop a soccer academy for youths. The SYSA is one of several specialized sports institutions in Sekayu, South Sumatra. Other institutes include those for basketball, parachuting, swimming and diving. Within only a few years of...