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"In an interview with Yahoo! Singapore, Zainudin (Nordin, FAS President) reiterated that the S-league will not become a "poorer cousin" once the LionsXII start their Malaysia Cup campaign."

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

The return of the Legend named Therdsak

Therdsak won 5 S.League titles with SAFFC
He is always be remembered, in my opinion, as the best foreign player to grace the S.League ever since the inception in 1996.

Never had someone who is able to dictate the pace of the game by turning the tide around for his team when the chips are down.

With his departure from the scene in 2009 to return home to Thailand, there's no one that has come close to match his stature in the fraternity.

For the fact that at the age of 38, he is still as good as gold as the crowds at Bishan Stadium saw the return of a legend named Therdsak Chaiman to Singapore football scene when he set up two goals to help his  team Chonburi FC to beat Home United 2-1 to clinch the top spot of Group G of the AFC Cup.

The result proved to be a blow for the Protectors who were hoping for a victory over the Thai powerhouses would avoid them a dreadful trip to the Middle East for their octofinals fixture in this continental second-tier club competition.

Qiu Li's (16) yellow for dissent was unnecessary 
Things were made worse for Lee Lim Saeng's men when they are set to lost Qiu Li for the second round match for collecting an unnecessary yellow card during the match that ruled him out of the journey.

"Qiu Li is an experience player and he should have control his temper in the game."said coach Lee after the match on the naturalized Singapore international's caution.

Indra Sahdan's (on ground) appeal for penalty was ignored in closing stages
"I think we did our best that I don't want to blame my players, while taking full responsibility of the result, but I felt the penalty (foul on Indra Sahdan, who also scored the consolation goal) in the second half should be given to us." added the Korean who also paid compliment to Therdsak as a "top class" player.

Home Utd's full-back Franklin Anzite (11) did well upfront
Despite the result that placed them in a more favourable next round fixture  at home, Chonburi's coach Withaya Laohakul is far from satisfactory.

"I'm not really satisfy with the result, as I felt my team lacking confidence and I think they are afraid of making mistake and afraid of losing or draw the game." said the former Thai international.

"Also because of the humid weather, I think my players looked tired but we were lucky to score early which has made things easier for us in the game." added coach "Heng" as he is affectionately nicknamed.

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