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Friday, January 27, 2012

Uncle Ang says Goodbye to his beloved Eagles...

(This entry is formulated based on the media release issued by the Football Association of Singapore)

Mr Ang had been the face of the club
In less than a week, perennial underachievers Geylang United are hit by another news when it was announced that their long-serving chairman Mr Patrick Ang (pictured left) will step down from his post on 1st February.

According to the media release issued by the Football Association of Singapore, the long-time veteran in the local football scene will hand over the reins to former national skipper Leong Kok Fann.

"I am privileged to have served as the President and Chairman of Geylang International and Geylang United respectively and I am proud of our club's record in both the S.League and its predecessor league, the FAS Premier League." said Mr Ang in the statement issued in the late evening.

"While I am sad to leave the club, I do believe the time is now right for a fresh person to take the reins. I am confident that the club will be ably led by Mr Leong Kok Fann who has vast experience in the commercial sector and footballing fraternity." added the one-time general manager of the Singapore football team back in the 1990s.

The Singapore Cup in 2009 was Mr Ang's last major honour with the Eagles
Under the businessman, the team started out as International Contract Specialists in 1974 dominated the local football scene as Geylang International clinching six-time back-to-back league titles in the old "Premier League" from 1988 to 1993.

The founding of the S.League back in 1996 was also the result of the task force chaired by Mr Ang in 1995 and it was said that part of the $2 paid to register the "Singapore Professional Football League Pte Ltd" came from his pockets (citation needed).

Mr Ang said to pay the registration of the company that run the S.League
Paying tribute to his predecessor in the same release, the 16-time capped former international Leong said:"I am very humbled by this appointment as Geylang United has a commendable track record in domestic league and cup competitions since the mid-1970s. This legacy is due largely to Mr Patrick Ang's leadership, dedication and passion for the game."

"I look forward to working closely with the sponsors, club management & staff, players and volunteers to continue the good work in developing and providing opportunities for young talent to fulfil their career aspirations. 

"With the new S.League initiatives aimed at raising the standard of Singapore football, I am hopeful the fans will continue their support for the club." added the 53 year-old Leong who is also a member of the FAS Council and serves as chairman of the FAS Captains' Advisory Panel.

2 comments:

  1. It was disappointing to read this piece of news. We need more people of Mr Patrick Ang's commitment and capability, not less

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  2. S League (Geylang United) has lost a huge benefactor. When you mentioned Geylang United, Patrick Ang will be the name that instantly come to people's mind. Without him, the team will never be the same. It is a sad day for local football.

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