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Tigers missing the spark from Park

The match ended 1-1 ( picture source ) Balestier Khalsa's coach Marko Kraljevic did not hide his disappointment for not having his playmaker Park Kang Jin on the field earlier. "I'm not happy because I missed my playmaker (Park)," said Coach Kraljevic in his post match media briefing. "He suffered some knocks in our last game against (Courts) Young Lions, we did try to get him ready for tonight and he had taken painkillers yesterday, but he is still not fit which I think he should ok for the next two, three days." updated the Croatian coach on the 25-year-old's condition. The absence of the Korean midfielder was clearly in evidence in the Tigers' one-all draw with Woodlands Wellington at the Jalan Besar Stadium with their marquee signing Goran Ljubojevic left largely isolated upfront unable to get the much-needed service to work his wonder in the box. Hanafi still has a long way to go (file picture) By deploying former Youth Olympics

[AFC Cup] Clueless Stags ripped apart by the impressive Blue Wave from Hong Kong

Duric (left):"What's wrong with us?" Tampines Rovers got off from a worst possible start with this 5-0 thrashing to Kitchee SC of Hong Kong in their AFC Cup opener at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The reigning S.League champions found themselves featuring in the second-tier Asian club tournament following their exit from the elite Asian Champions League (ACL) where they lost to another Hong Kong side, South China AA in the playoff weeks ago . However, it does not mean the Stags have it easy either in this tournament, which used to be a breeze for them in the group stages in the past. Impressive Jordi (18) tormented Stags In fact, the ripping apart from the Blue Wave on the team laden with experience on the continent front would suggest the widening of the gap between the two former British colonies in footballing terms. The dominating of possession right from the start enabled Kitchee to dictate the rhythm of the game with their usual style of swift passing on

Albirex's turn to declare their #sleague title bid

Albirex Niigata (S) held their introductory at JBS "Football is played with eleven players a side and we have been here since 2004, thus it marks our eleventh year in Singapore football that we have set our target this season to win the S.League title in order to repay the faith of our supporters." declared Albirex Niigata (Singapore)'s chairman and CEO Mr Daisuke Korenaga at the team's introductory party held at the Jalan Besar Stadium this evening. That title ambition echoed that of Korenga's Balestier Khalsa counterpart S Thavaneson who made the same declaration days earlier in the same building. Korenga (left) set the title target this year The new season will be kicking off this coming Friday with the Charity Shield match between reigning league champions Tampines Rovers and defending Singapore Cup winners Home United, this pre-season introductory gathering by the White Swans is one of the remaining scheduled for the next coming days. Gracing t

Kraljevic unperturbed for late start of the Tigers friendly schedule

Marko Kraljevic taking charge at Toa Payoh New Balestier Khalsa coach Marko Kraljevic appeared to be unperturbed for being late with their pre-season friendly schedule, as compared to other clubs, in preparation for the upcoming S.League season Speaking to this blogger after the delayed friendly match against Harimau Muda, the well-travelled Croatian said:"I'm not worried for just only played my first friendly match today," Rain in Singapore after almost a month Paul Cunningham (right) - Tigers mainstay Scheduled to kick off at 5pm at the Toa Payoh Stadium, the match was delayed due to the activation of the Lightning Warning System (LWS) before the go-ahead was given to proceed the game at approximately 7pm that saw Balestier defeated their Malaysian visitors 1-0 with a strike from new Croatian signing Goran Ljubojevic in the 25th minute. "It's because of the late arrival of our foreign players and we need some time to settle them in but I beli

Asian Cup Qualifiers: Jordan is still our nemesis after 3-1 win

Amri  has his work cut out by the Jordanians  During the pre-match press conference ahead of last evening's Asian Cup qualifiers against Jordan, National coach Bernd Stange made the following statement. Said the 65-year-old tactician:“If we can play well against Jordan and Oman, then we can choose better teams to play friendly matches on FIFA dates. If not, we may have to stay a little longer to compete at the Southeast Asian level..." The first thing that came to my mind was "we have already hit the pinnacle in South East Asia and why should we justify ourselves before we can take on better opponents outside the region?". While the Jordanians may not have sent in their strongest squad this time round, the Lions weren't at their ideal state to take on the team that improved tremendously since they beat them in 2009 at Kallang (ironically, the same tournament qualifiers). A look at the starting lineup reaffirmed Stange's plan to laden with a numbe

ACL Playoff: Tampines tumbled out of the Asian elite on a bruised note

Tampines will now play in AFC Cup instead Should the verdict on Tampines Rovers for this season based on what you guys saw in their last evening's Asian Champions League (ACL) playoff against South China AA of Hong Kong? Some quarters may argue that the Caroliners are having the advantage over the hosting Stags, for they are in the midst of their domestic season and just claimed their 31st Senior Shield win weeks earlier and therefore being the much conditioned and prepared side of the two. Whereas, Tampines Rovers are still in their pre-season preparation for the upcoming S.League season and playing their first competitive match of the year. Imran Sahib (no 11) received his marching order for 2nd yellow Although, some may opt for a more telescopic opinion on their assessment on the Stags for having a bulk of the team not being a greenhorn at the continental level, and would have more or less expecting what are in store for them with things aren't exactly at their