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Don't rule El Masri out for the April poach!!

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

Early this evening, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) issued a press statement to the media pertaining the possible recruitment of players from the S.League clubs to beef up the injury-hit "Lions XII" squad in their commitment across the causeway during the transfer window in April.

It has been decided that Singapore representative in the Malaysia Super League will be likely to seek reinforcement from Courts Young Lions, the S.League side meant for development purpose instead from the other clubs.

Almost same issue for Robin
“I am in discussions with Courts Young Lions coach Robin Chitrakar (pictured left) to explore the possibility of giving a few more Courts Young Lions players the opportunity to play for the LionsXII in the Malaysian competitions, which is in line with our youth development strategy.” said Lions XII coach V Sundramoorthy in the release.

Astonishing results after four rounds of competition have placed perennial minnows Balestier Khalsa and Hougang United in second and third position respectively behind current league leaders Albirex Niigata could be the possible reason behind why no poaching of players from other clubs.

Said FAS General Secretary Winston Lee:"The 2012 Great Eastern-YEO’s S.League season has kicked off on a bright note for our clubs, and we want to avoid any unnecessary disruptions to the clubs for the rest of the season.

Don't rule Sherif El-Masri out for the poach!
"While the season is still new but I am especially pleased to note the impressive performances of several clubs which had in recent seasons ended in the bottom half of the table."

"As for the possible transfer of players between the LionsXII and Courts Young Lions, the management from both teams will have to work out a transfer agreement." added Mr Lee in the same statement.

Even if the poaching of players go ahead, it would also have to deal with some issues, such as a number of local Young Lions players might be due for the National Service and school commitments that might hold them back.


  1. What I understand is Sundram is keen to bring some local lads and meaning the imports are "safe from the poach" on top of giving more chances to those "fringe" players already in disposal.


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