|John Wilkinson (left) skippered Protectors against his old club|
"I just want to know my new players' strength so I called (SAFFC coach) Richard Bok for this friendly match." said Home United coach Paul Lee after the match that saw his side lost 2-0 to its arch rivals.
"However, it's still to early to gauge my team's performance when players like (captain) Shi Jiayi and (Fred) Mendy are still not back in Singapore.
"I think for now result of this game is not important, as I need to check the condition of my players." added the Korean coach who just completed his Pro License coaching course in South Korea.
"To me, getting the team into shape matter most than the result." he said.
"Also, we have five players not back into the team and the key is to get the team gel together as quickly as possible before the season starts.
|Hassan Sunny joins SAFFC this season|
Earlier on, the CCK-based powerhouse retained the service of last season's top scorer Mislav Karoglan and recruited Shimpei Sakurada and Tatsuro Inui from Albirex Niigata (Singapore).
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