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"Matchpix" - March - April 2015

(P.S: If you access this site via "", please click the "Facebook" icon after you click "HERE" when you want to view the album as that will redirect you to the album, thank you) AFC CUP - Balestier Khalsa 0-1 JDT 10/3/15 Balestier (orange) denied a point in dying minutes against JDT Balestier Khalsa were just seconds away to clinch their first historical point on the continental level before a slip up at the back cost them the game dearly. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES AFC CUP - Balestier Khalsa 2-1 Kingfisher East Bengal 17/3/15 Jonathan Xu (13) scored one of the Tigers' goals Tigers upset the Indian football powerhouses to collect their first points in Asia in maximum fashion. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES Friendly: Singapore 2-2 Guam 31/3/15 Guam's 'keeper rose to claim supremacy Switched to AWB for this compilation and thought the colours loo

[AFC Cup] Tales of the Two...

Balestier Khalsa's maiden Asian venture is laudable By all accounts, it is nothing glamorous about when your team are anchored at the foot of the group with only three points from five matches played and zero chance to make it to the next phrase. However, observers shall not pick on Balestier Khalsa for what they accomplished till this stage. After all, it's considered a massive achievement for a club of this magnitude to compete at this level on a shoestring, as compared to the other Singapore representative, Warriors FC who are playing their fourth AFC Cup tournament with a much bigger war chest. But coming to the closing stage of the group stages with one more game to go, the defending S . League champions found themselves languishing at the bottom of Group E with a duck to account for, as compared to the Tigers who secured a win over Kingfisher East Bengal at home. Alex Weaver struggled to compete on the continent front  Many observers pointed out much have

Tremendous Team Spirit Behind Warriors Comeback Win Over Stags, said Weaver

Watched the game from the media tribune  Warriors FC bounced back from their midweek debacle to claim maximum points in 3-2 win over arch-rivals Tampines Rovers at the Jalan Besar Stadium. A pleasing Alex Weaver walked into the room before attributed the factors behind the comeback win over the Stags. "Two factors behind the win tonight," said the Warriors tactician. "First, we have tremendous spirit in our team." "And good teams win games when they don't dominate the game. Secondly, it's the attacking strength in our team that I thought we did relatively well other than the two sloppy goals we conceded." First of that two sloppy goals came in the 21st minute when veteran ace Indra Sahdan made no mistake from a ball centered from the left by Brazilian Rodrigo Tosi with a jaded Warriors' backline gifted with that assistance. As suggested by the Englishman that Tampines being the more dominant side in the first half, but failed to

[AFC Cup] Warriors CRUSHED and ANCHORED ...

Robin Singh (9) celebrated after scored the winning goal Despite starting off their campaign on competitive mode early ahead the rest in Group E, Warriors FC found things tough going since the second-tier continent club tournament campaign started by chalking up losses against Persipura Jayapura and coupled with away losses to Maziya in Maldives and Bengaluru FC in Bangalore. With this 1-0 defeat from this returning fixture against Bengaluru, it marked the certainty to see the defending S . League champions' AFC Cup campaign come to another forgettable end, as they failed to progress out of the group phrase for the second time on a roll. Robin Singh body-checked by Vidosevic Curtis Osano headed the ball away  Adding salt to the wound, the fourth straight loss on the Asian level had anchored the most successful Singapore club at the foot of their group with other result on the same evening did no favour to them. Coming into this game with a number of regular start

It's not about "fine-tuning" but "clearing the mess" for Sablon

Michel Sablon (picture credit/ source : FAS FB) On the surface, it appeared that the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) had scored a major coup when they recruited Belgian Michel Sablon as their new Technical Director. After all, the former Belgium national assistant coach came with a huge reputation for single-handedly revitalizing the game in his native land with his blueprint that elevated them back to be among the top footballing nations that now boasted the likes of Vincent Kompany, Eden Hazard, etc. after the vacuum left behind since the days of Enzo Scifo. DON"T PIN ALL HOPES ON A "BROCHURE" Perhaps, getting Sablon based on his track record is one thing, another reason the folks at Jalan Besar are hoping is to tap on his experience like how he tackled the backwater situation in Belgian football after Euro 2000. However, it would be naive in one opinion to replicate verbatim the "Belgian model" in Singapore, given the differences, as sugg

Stange remains defiant despite criticism after 2-2 draw against Guam

Shaky Moments in Guam's six-yard box With last evening's result, I could not help but recall this article written years ago that suggested Singapore should group themselves with Oceania nations in any bid to lift themselves from the doldrums we are facing. However, with the outcome against a side, who were once thrashed 21-0 by North Korea in 2005, the suggestion made in that article is now seen as a tall order for Singapore football to get back on their feet anytime soon. Despite facing a barrage of criticism after strings of poor results, national coach Bernd Stange is still able to put something out of his book of excuses to brace the music after salvaging a 2-2 draw against Guam at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Shane Malcolm's (23) deeds led to the  first goal   Whether those words were convincing, the German coach pressed ahead with them during the assessment after the match. Said the 67-year-old: "After the two-nil loss to Thailand , we find it hard t