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Behind the scene - Prep for the China showdown

(Picture) Coach Raddy (with cap) put his players through the pace.

Good thing was I managed to make it to the national team training session at Geylang Field after work, when initially I thought some stupid accidents along the PIE would derail my plan to catch the session.

(Picture) Fahrudin Mustafic doing some stretching on the sideline.

(Picture) The Lions taking a breather.

The team were going through some passing practices in the pitch, with both Gombak United's Agu Casmir and Sevki Sha'ban doing some light jogging on the sideline (as the duo were featured on last match's Gombak-Super Reds clash) when I reached the ground with team manager Eugene Loo and ST's reporter Wang Meng Meng watching from far.

(Picture) Baihaikki Khaizan and Isa Halim in passing practice.

Evergreen striker Aleksandar Duric cordially said "Hi" to me as the team were having their break between the drills.

(Picture) Noh Alam Shah (foreground) just recovered from fever but not so lucky for his buddy Khairul Amri.

(Picture) Shaiful Esah's left foot could be the key.

Small sides games and sprinting drills were some parts of the one-and-half hour session before coach Raddy called it a day at approximately 7pm.

(Picture) Home United's Itimi Dickson established quite a following in Hong Kong after the AFC Cup match against South China AA.

Making his return to the national team is Home United's Itimi Dickson (above).

"I'm surprise to be back in the national team" said the 26 year-old former Young Lions winger.

"Having failed my beep test last year, I said to myself I must pass in order to able to play again.

"Now that I'm able to play, I must work hard to fight for my place in the team" he added when asked what was his biggest challenge since out of the local scene for seven months last year.

Indeed the inclusion of Dickson was not a surprise as according to some of the fans I seek opinion with.

"Wasn't surprising since he has proven himself, despite the lack of playing opportunities & playing under some questionable tactics occasionally." said Bryan Lim, a long-time avid S.League watcher.

"Shown enough form since League Cup to be in contention, though not 1st choice maybe." added Home United's fan Wang JY.

"His pace on the flanks is a threat to the opponents. Maybe (coach) Raddy choose him to replace (Khairul) Amri for the pace and speed that Amri have too." commented Jason, the blogger behind "UnOffical HUFC's Blog".

(Picture) The Lions after the training session.

"Our intention is to bring him (Khairul) back as early as possible." Coach Raddy said after the end of the training session on having to drop Khairul Amri for the National Day Challenge.

(Picture) Mustafic listen attentively to trainer Aleksandar Bozenko's pointers

"But it's not the right moment now, he's not physical ready for this kind of match and it's more tougher now to play in the international so next time when he's back, he must start from the beginning." added the Serbian coach.


  1. first time here and must say..i love your blog!You are very passionate in bringing Singapore football scene.Need more people like you!

  2. Hi Hafiz...

    Thanks for your support and do spread the word around for the 12th Aug game, let's paint the whole stadium RED!!

  3. Well, i have to say this..
    you are going to lose against China


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