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Tigers Heading Back To Toa Payoh For A Short While ...

Following up to the update by this platform weeks ago that reported Balestier Khalsa will play their 2021 Singapore Premier League (SGPL) home fixtures at the Toa Payoh Stadium after the field at Bishan Stadium, where the Tigers ground share with Lion City Sailors (previously known as Home United) since 2019, is closed for returfing.

Toa Payoh Stadium (file picture)

Works, apparently, are underway to see the field at the Toa Payoh Stadium getting ready for the upcoming SGPL season which is speculated to kick off at the end of February.

In a social media post seen by this platform, officials from the Football Association of Singapore, Sport SG, etc. came together to ensure the natural grass surface of the Toa Payoh Stadium meet the requirements of the only professional sporting competition of the republic.

NOT A PERPETUAL MOVE BACK HOME FOR TIGERS
However, it is understood that Balestier's shifting back to the aged arena at Toa Payoh Lorong Six is not a perpetual one, even though it has been the spiritual home for the 2014 Singapore Cup winners since the inaugural of the S.League in 1996 when the club was known as Balestier Central FC (the club still maintain its administrative office at the stadium).

One evening match played at Toa Payoh Stadium (file)

With a 5,000-seater football stadium that is part of the new Punggol Regional Sports Centre (RSC), some SGPL clubs are likely to see themselves being relocated to the north-eastern part of the island when the centre is completed in few years down the road **

Furthermore, in an announcement made by the Ministry of Culture, Community, and Youth (MCCY) in last June, a multi-agency collaboration led by SportSG, with the Ministry of Health, National Library Board and National Parks Board will looking into developing a new integrated development comprising a sport centre, polyclinic, library and town park in Bishan and Toa Payoh area.

Kristijan Krajček stay put with Balestier in 2021 

Nonetheless, the Tigers have been alternate their pre-season trainings at the Toa Payoh Stadium with St Wilfred Fields in their tuning up for the upcoming season and being the first in the league to confirm their import quota when they announced over the past recent weeks on their social media platforms of the contractual extension of Ensar Brunčević, Kristijan Krajček, Shuhei Hoshino while Šime Žužul is on a two-year deal since the end of 2019.

** The Punggol RSC was scheduled to complete by 2023 but could see a delay due to the ongoing Covid19 situation.

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