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[AFC Cup] - A Journey of Triumphs and Challenges for Singaporean Clubs

Without much fanfare, at least in Singapore, Central Coast Mariners became the first Australian club to win the AFC Cup after defeating Al-Ahed of Lebanon. The crowning of the Gosford-based A-League side as the winners of the continent's second-tier club competition marked the end of the tournament since its inception twenty years ago in 2004. As far as the Lion City is concerned, this competition enabled teams from the island republic to compete against teams from the region. It was quite common during the tournament to see teams like SAFFC, Home United, Tampines Rovers, etc., traveling to places like the Maldives in the Indian Ocean, Hong Kong, Indonesia, etc., to face their regional opponents. Duric (left) has seen the highs and lows of Singapore's AFC Cup journey Unfortunately, many, in my humble opinion, seem to fail to appreciate what the AFC Cup has done for local clubs given the lack of fan interest and the scant coverage from the local media. Besides gaining much-need

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I hope everyone already woke up from a bad nightmare for what it was never meant to be in the first place. It was a bitter pill to swallow to see some of our neighbours (see links below under RELATED NEWS at the foot) qualified for the Asian Cup, while we could only lick our wounds and keep thinking about what went wrong. The emotion of Shah Shahiran (20) sums it up Many things were said about the preparation, process, etc. leading to the trip to the Kyrgyz Republic for the qualifiers of the continent's most prestigious tournament (i.e.: the late appointment of Takayuki Nishigaya as the national team coach , short preparation period , etc.) And when things did not go according to the script, it inevitably triggered an outcry, as seen on the platform's Facebook page lately. MOVING FORWARD It does not help the situation anymore if we keep harping on those hotly debated issues when we should be looking forward after the post-mortem period. When Coach Nishigaya insisted the Lions

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Izwan Mahbud switched to LCS  🚨 So much hoo-ha today (8/1) on the latest Lion City Sailors' (LCS) recruitment of both Izwan Mahbud and M Anumanthan . 💭 A friend of mine asked me about my thoughts on Izwan's signing for the Sailors, the following are some of my thoughts. 👍 On the positive side, it makes the contest for the number one spot more intense which is good, be it on the club or national team (NT) level. 🔄 I would like to think Coach Kim Do-hoon intends to rotate both Hassan Sunny and Izwan, given the packed calendar LCS be having. Happy headache for Coach Kim (credit: LCS) ⚠️ Having either one of them sit on the bench for too long isn't gonna do any good, given their importance to the NT who have both Asian Cup qualifiers and Suzuki Cup coming up later this year. 🧐 I would think Izwan be staying put at Hougang United where he would have more playing time to allow him to impress whoever is going to be the NT coach. 🐴 In the meantime, there are some quibbles on

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No time to waste on searching for Coach Yoshida's replacement No point in crying over a cup of spilled milk when the utmost task for the Football Association of Singapore (FAS) is to seek an immediate replacement for outgoing Tatsuma Yoshida as the Singapore National Team Head Coach. As mentioned in the press release announcing the Japanese tactician's departure after steering the Lions to the AFF Suzuki Cup semis for the first time since 2012, the FAS "will commence with the search for a permanent replacement for Tatsuma in January 2022" in order to prepare for the third and final round of qualification for the Asian Cup in next June After all, have we not learned from the past that dragging their feet in naming a replacement for the national coach would have a detrimental effect. Even if a permanent replacement is not possible in time, getting someone on an interim basis should be one option to ensure the preparation for the Asian Cup qualifiers not be disrupted

"Matchpix" - Oct 2021

AFC U23 Qualifiers - Philippines 0-1 Singapore 281021 "Hey, ref! Look!" A wondering strike from outside the box by Glenn Kweh was enough to keep Singapore U22's hopes alive in the ongoing AFC U-23 Asian Cup qualifier, as the Cubs beat the Philippines 1-0 last evening(28/10).  The 21-year-old took his chance well before unleashing a piledriver with his left foot in the 51st minute to spark celebrations among the crowds at the Jalan Besar Stadium. It was Kweh's second goal of the campaign after he scored the first goal in the Cubs' opener against Timor Leste. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES AFC U23 Qualifiers - South Korea 5-1 Singapore 311021 Nur Adam scored the consolation against the Koreans The match against their South Korean counterparts was almost like a dead rubber for the Singapore U22 squad, after the preceding tie saw Timor-Leste beat the Philippines in the AFC U23 Asian Cup Qualifiers last evening (31/10) at the JBS. It all got

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Did you see the rainbow? Good day to all, Plenty of things happened over the last few days. ➡️ The resuming of the AIA Singapore Premier League. ➡️ The two-and-half-year partnership between Lion City Sailors and Borussia Dortmund. ➡️ Another Tampines Rovers player tested positive for the Covid19 after returning from the AFC Champions League campaign in Uzbekistan. ✅ ✅ The first two are, no doubt, some positives injected to the scene while, and hopefully, the infected Tampines players will get well soon 🙏. 🤒 From what I read, not only Tampines players are infected, six persons from Gamba Osaka and Frontale Kawasaki are infected as well. 🤒 Gamba reported having two players and two accompanied staff down with the virus, while Frontale non-playing staff were infected, according to Sohu, a China news portal. 🤦🏻‍♂️Although, it is regrettable to come across some nonsensical comments targeted at those infected Tampines players which clearly shown the lack of empathy towards anyone who is

"ZERO WIN" In 2017 For The Hapless Lions ...

Far too familiar sight for the past one year The woeful display by the Singapore national team on their last match of the year sums up the state of the game in the island republic. In this do-or-die battle against Bahrain at the National Stadium, a victory would have ensured the Lions of their faltering hopes to stay alive to qualify for the AFC Asian Cup tournament next year. Unfortunately, things did not go the way Singapore wanted as they found themselves succumbed to their ninth defeat of the year in the hands of the Middle Easterns and the three-nil loss at home eventually kissed their continental dream goodbye. This result also concluded the fact that the four-time Asean champions ended their calendar without a single win since their last triumph back in last November against Cambodia at the Bishan Stadium. DOUBLE WHAMMY ... Right from the start, attempts by both Geylang International's Shawal Anuar and Home United’s Irfan Fandi in a space of ten minutes gave the

"Matchpix" - September 2017

(P.S: If you access this site via "come.to/matchpix", 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) ACQ2019 - Singapore 1-1 Turkmenistan 050917 Hassan Sunny made sure the ball is safe in his possession Ideally a win would be a better option than a draw in this fixture, we should have nailed in the first place if we were clinical in our finishing and, of course, having stamina to sustain the full ninety minutes. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES S.League - Hougang Utd 2-1 Garena Young Lions 150917 Eyes on the ball ... Hougang United's win over Garena Young Lions did little to alter the league table but Coach Vincent Subramaniam remains positive and pleased with the efforts shown by the national de-facto squad. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES 11th Merlion Cup 230917 Adelaide 36ers' S

Tired Lions Shared The Spoils With The Turkmens

Hassan Sunny looked helpless as he saw the ball rolled in the goal It should be a game Singapore could have wrapped it up convincingly, if only they had been consistent till the final whistle that eventually had them shared the spoils with Turkmenistan in AFC Asian Cup Group E qualification match played last evening at the Jalan Besar Stadium. Buoyed by the new lease of life following the recent draw against Hong Kong on the same surface that saw a much adventurous Singapore side departed themselves from the usual pragmatic defensive game, the fans were hopeful to see a repeat of the same display that could place the Lions' fast fading continental dream back to the pedestal. The crowd of 3,127 were not disappointed when the home team took onto the field by initiated a few attacking moves to unsettle their guests from Central Asia at the early part of the game. Khairul Amri (19) lasted only 36 minutes of action But such an adventurous performance failed to yield any di

"Matchpix" - January / February 2014

(P.S: If you access this site via "come.to/matchpix", 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) Friendly - Geylang Int'l 1-0 Tampines Rovers 25/1/14 Alex Duric (left) doubled-up as a stretcher man  First compilation of the year with the hosting Eagles beat the defending #sleague champions 1-0 at Bedok Stadium with a Leonel Felice strike from the spot in the dying minutes. Another challenge task as I had constantly battle with the changing light conditions amid the evening sunset. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES ACL Playoff - Tampines Rovers 1-2 South China AA 2/2/2014 The Stags did not have a good competitive start to the year with a 2-1 loss to 南华 of Hong Kong and will them back in the AFC Cup for the third time in running. The loss of the reigning S.League champions meant Balestier Khalsa will not be competin

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

Salim:"Every game now as a Cup game"

Salim Moin taking charge of Stags this season Just barely a week before their first competitive game of the season - against South China AA of Hong Kong in the continent's elite club tournament - Asian Champions League (ACL) playoff on the 2nd of February, the preparation of the reigning S.League champions Tampines Rovers is far from impressive. Except for the clean sheet they maintained in their recent Cambodian trip that saw them notched two wins over their opponents in Phnom Penh, the Stags found themselves struggling to pull their act together on the home soil where they succumbed to a 1-0 loss to Geylang International in a friendly played this afternoon at Bedok Stadium. Miljan Mrdakovic (10) - new Stags signing Roberto Gamarra (19) in action for Stags Inside the box action in the second half This defeat is the third out of the five friendlies Tampines played so far (following their 7-1 loss to Johor Darul Ta’zim and 2-0 defeat to Felda United ), such