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Out of Wilderness as Fadhil is named in Coach Stange's Oman plan

(This entry is formulated based on the media release issued by the Football Association of Singapore ) Prayers answered - Fadhil is named in Stange's squad To be officially named in National Team Head Coach Bernd Stange's first competitive match against Oman in the upcoming AFC Asian Cup qualifiers, should bring some smiles to Hougang United's custodian Fadhil Salim, following that painful quarter-final exit from the Singapore Cup last Friday against Balestier Khalsa. Long touted to be a national team material by the Hougang supporters, the calling up of the 30-year-old custodian would be a much-needed cheer for the Cheetahs who are experiencing a poor campaign so far. However, the former Gombak United 'keeper knows that it will be a tough battle with the competition from Lions XII's Izwan Mahbud and Hassan Sunny of Warriors fighting for the right to stand in between the sticks on 14th of August. Balestier's Qiu Li is eager to prove his critics wr

[RHB Singapore Cup] With the emerging of "Final Four", it's 25% of the Cup leaving the Republic..

BALESTIER CLAIMED FIRST BERTH OF CUP 'FINAL FOUR' "Football is so unpredictable and never to speak too soon" said Balestier Khalsa assistant coach Kevin Wee who was delegated to speak to the media after the comeback win that saw Balestier Khalsa clinched the first berth of the Singapore Cup "Final Four". Kim Minho's (center) goal levelled to force extra time Indeed, the Tigers came back from a two-goal deficit to draw level in the second half of the returning fixture at home and triggered a PK decider to knock Hougang Utd out of the tournament. Credit to the hosts for a spirited second half display taking advantage after Cheetahs lost their shape following a Qiu Li strike to make it 2-1 on aggregate before Kim Minho levelled the scores moments later. Balestier Khalsa 2-2 Hougang United on aggregate (Balestier beat Hougang 4-1 on penalties) DPMM OUT OF THE CUP IN THE END... I do hope it wasn't a scrappy affair like the first leg when I

Updated Fixture List of S.League matches due to Merdeka Tournament in Malaysia

The past few days saw various S.League clubs informed the fans via their social media platforms in regards to some S.League fixture rescheduling to be taking place in August. Yesterday evening, the league authority released a list of matches that are to be rescheduled due to "rescheduled Merdeka Tournament dates". The following are the matches that will be affected. M/No. Match Remarks 115 Tampines Rovers FC vs. Albirex Niigata FC (S) to be moved from Wednesday 4 September to  Wednesday, 21 August. NA 116 Brunei DPMM FC vs. Balestier Khalsa FC to be moved from Wednesday 4 September to  Wednesday, 21 August. Kick-off time 8.15pm. 120 Hougang United FC vs. Warriors FC to be moved from Sunday 8 September to  Thursday, 22 August. NA 118 Geylang International FC vs. Woodlands Wellington FC to be moved from Thursday 5 September to  Friday, 23 August . ‘Live’ Match at Jalan Besar Stadium. 114 Brunei DPMM FC vs. Tampines Rovers FC to be

Lions to fly with Air Asia for the next THREE years.... [edited]

(This entry is based on the joint media release by the Air Asia and the Football Association of Singapore ) Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes (L) with Mr Zainudin Nordin (R) In a press conference held this afternoon at the Jalan Besar Stadium, the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) and Air Asia, world’s best low cost carrier, announced a three-year sponsorship worth $1.8 million. According to the joint media release that was issued following the event, the sponsorship includes flights for the Under-21, Under-23 and the senior national teams, National Football Academy (NFA) age-group teams and women’s team. Video Clip from TODAY "The partnership with FAS is set to provide the necessary support to the association to garner further success and raise footballing standards for all levels." as mentioned in the same release that spelt out the objective of the three-year partnership. Gracing the occasion were AirAsia Group CEO Tan Sri Dr Tony Fernandes and Mr Zainudin No

"Is this a gimmick for a Football Tournament OR for a launch of a banking product?"

What would be your first impression? In an attempt to draw awareness to the RHB Singapore Cup tournament, that will be entering to its Quarter-Final phrase this coming week, the organizers staged a "Flash Mob" gimmick outside Chervon House (pictured above) in the Central Business District (CBD). I am not quite certain if such an act should qualify it as a "Flash Mob" with a group engaged themselves in a kick-about follow a swift dance routine. From the video clip itself (below), we can see the gimmick did draw curious looks from the passing crowds, although it was uncertain if those members of the public were aware this being a promotional gimmick for a football tournament OR for some sort of financial products for a bank? This afternoon's initiative came on top of those recent marketing moves by the league authority to entice crowds to S.League matches (i.e.: the to-be-released S.League clubs themed teddy bears and the lucky draw with a car as the

[Media Information] Investigation of the Incident after the League Cup match between Courts Young Lions and Tanjong Pager United on 6 June

(The entry is based on the media release issued by the Football Association of Singapore). The Football Association of Singapore released a media release in regards to the incident that took place on the 6th June 2013 at Queenstown Stadium after the League Cup between Courts Young Lions and Tanjong Pagar United, which was reported on various media outlets, as detailed below: Parent of CYL player involved in punching incident (by FAS begin investigations for Queenstown fracas (by Angry dad lashes out (by The New Paper) Angry dad creates commotion after S-League match  (via AsiaOne) The full content of the media release is being reproduced as below in verbatim . Investigation of the Incident after the League Cup match between Courts Young Lions and Tanjong Pager United on 6 June SINGAPORE, 18th July 2013: The investigation of the incident after the League Cup match between Courts Young Lions and Tanjong Pager United on 6 June has

Hang in the balance for the Cubs' SEA Games quest (edited)

Shafiq Ghani scored the only goal (file picture) To be honest, we are still uncertain if the ticket to SEA Games for the national U23 football squad is being secured following their 1-0 win over their Indonesian counterparts. After all, the Singapore National Olympic Council (SNOC) had made it clear that in order to see the Cubs in action in Burma this December, certain criteria need to be met (i.e.: chalking up results against regional opponents to prove their worth). Coach V Sundramoorthy's boys continued to show their defensive superiority like they did in their recent MSL campaign (having fielded 10 Lions XII players in the starting eleven), the lack of goals upfront could prove to be their Achilles heel at the end of the day. The only goal of the evening came in the 10th minute from the spot after Shafiq Ghani made no mistake from the dot following a clever position by Faris Ramli at the edge of the box saw striker tussled his way into the box and earned the foul in

Delwinder:"Grateful and Honour"

Delwinder Singh (pictured right)  Upon knowing his calling up to the national Under-23 squad by coach V Sundramoorthy to face their Indonesian counterparts in a friendly match on this coming Saturday at the Jalan Besar Stadium, Geylang International defender Delwinder Singh is "grateful" for the opportunity given by the "Dazzler". Said the 21-year-old:"I am very grateful for this opportunity to be part of this under 23 squad . It is something that I've always been looking forward to and now that I'm selected for the squad it's definitely a great feeling and honour to don the national colours ." The calling of the youngster, who earned his first senior cap under former Lions coach Raddy Avramovic in 2011, came at a time when he just recovered from a nose injury he sustained weeks ago in a league match, which would have cast any doubt on his inclusion. Sharing his thoughts on that misadventure that required facial surgery after whic


(This entry is based on the media releases issued by the Football Association of Singapore) Coach V Sundramoorthy (File Picture) SINGAPORE, 10 JULY 2013: The Football Association of Singapore today announced that 24 players have been called up to the National Under-23 team which will be playing against Indonesia Under-23 as part of its ongoing preparations for the upcoming SEA Games in Myanmar in December. There is a familiar look about the squad, which comprises predominantly of players from the LionsXII team, who are fresh from their recent triumph in the Malaysian Super League. The only exceptions are defenders Afiq Yunos from Courts Young Lions and Delwinder Singh from Geylang International, who ply their trade in the S.League. V Sundramoorthy, Head Coach of the Under-23 team said: “We are all well aware of the significance of this game. A good result could present a chance for us to participate in this year’s SEA Games. We will be prepared for this Saturday and I believ