Monday, June 27, 2011

Nani In Singapore

Nani In Singapore
Students at Northlight School got a surprise on the first day of the new term when Manchester United star Nani visited them for a talk on Monday morning.

The visit was to promote the Peter Lim Scholarship, which is part of the Singapore Olympic Foundation that is run by the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC).

Students took turns to ask the 24-year-old questions about his childhood, the problems he faced and his football career.

"Think positive, you can be like me and be a star for a lot of people. Never forget what you want," said Nani, whose full name is Luis Carlos Almeida da Cunha, during a 15-minute Q&A session with the students.

"If you want to be a professional footballer, never give up, practice everyday, even when something goes wrong, don't give up. And do football with a smile."

The Portuguese star also signed autographs and juggled a football on the school's stage.

At a media conference later, Nani remained coy about his future at United, which has been the subject of speculation following the arrival of England winger Ashley Young from Aston Villa last week, although he sees himself staying at Old Trafford for a long time.

Nani, who is here on a private holiday, returns home on Tuesday.

"Nani is a good inspiration to young people, and relates well to the kids," said SNOC vice-president Ng Ser Miang, who was also present at the event.

"He gave them simple but powerful messages like never give up and pursue your passion. He's a living example himself."

About 400 scholarships, ranging from S$2,000 to S$20,000 annually, are available for students from primary up to tertiary level. The application for the scholarships closes on July 1, 2011.

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