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Two events in recent days prompted me to jot this note - the Singapore Cup and Tampines Rovers failed to qualify for the AFC Cup . The premier knockout tournament will see the nine teams from the Singapore Premier League (SPL) split into two groups with 5 teams in Group A and the rest in Group B. STAGS FAILED TO QUALIFY FOR A SPOT IN THE AFC CUP  In the meantime, Tampines Rovers found themselves being denied a spot in the continental tournament which they would easily qualify to the knock-out stages in the past when they were beaten 3-2 by Phnom Penh Crown of Cambodia in the qualifying play-off. Stags' coach Gavin Lee faced criticism after failing to qualify for the AFC Cup Ironically, Phnom Penh Crown was one of the many regional invitees in the past to play in the Singapore Cup competition. The above-mentioned tournament, at one point, was dubbed the "Asean Friendship Invitational" because of the participation of club sides from the neighbouring countries. OTHER PRO

"Matchpix" - November 2019, February 2020

Singapore Cup Final - Tampines Rovers 4-3 Warriors FC 021119 Tampines' players in jubilant mood Tampines Rovers claimed their fourth in history and first Singapore Cup win since 2006 after defeated Warriors Football Club 4-3 in nail-biting final at the Jalan Besar Stadium. The two last met in the final of the same competition in 2012 and saw Warriors (then known as SAFFC) walked away with the Cup on a 2-1 scoreline. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES AFC Cup - Tampines Rovers 2-1 PSM Makassar 120220 Stags celebrate after another Boris Kopitovic's strike Tampines Rovers Football Club kept Singapore football's flag flying proudly after beating PSM Makassar 2-1 in their AFC Cup Group H opener at JBS last night (12/2). Goals from Jordan Webb and Boris Kopitovic were enough to seal the win for the Stags in front of 1266 fans. Ferdinand Alfred Sinaga reduced the deficit for the guests in the 67th minute after Kopitovic's low driver t

"Matchpix" - October 2019

#BrasilGlobalTour2019- Brazil 1-1 Nigeria 131019 Brazil's "Bobby" Firmino (20) prepares for a shoot against Nigeria The star-studded Brazilian national team wrapped up their whirlwind tour with another draw against another African opponents - Nigeria at the National Stadium. Joe Aribo scored for the Super Eagles in the 35th minute before Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro levelled the scoreline in the 48th minute. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES WCQ 2022 - Singapore 1-3 Uzbekistan 151019 Both Shawal Anuar (20) and Irfan Fandi (17) raided the Uzbeks' fortress Singapore succumbed to their second consecutive defeat following a 3-1 lost to Uzbekistan at the National Stadium. The visitors took the lead in the 15th minute through Odil Ahmedov before Ikhsan Fandi equalized at the stroke of half time to send the home fans to wild jubilation. Eldor Shomurodov's double in the second half wrapped up all three points in the bag fo

Dead Wood Feeling of A Cup ...

Somehow, the atmosphere for the ongoing Komoco Motors Singapore Cup tournament just don't seems to feel right at all. It is a major cup semi-final phase we are now talking about but the ambience is as if nothing happened to set the stage right for the fans, if any, to fire up their imagination. The semis are scheduled four days apart. ( source ) Here we have a situation that not only could possibly see Brunei DPMM clinch a historical double but would also see any three of the local sides, namely Geylang International, Tampines Rovers and Warriors FC put an end to the "local drought" by claiming the Singapore Cup this season. STAGS' LAST HOPE FOR GLORY Having fumbled in their league title chase, the Stags knew it very well the Cup is their best hope to end their trophy drought after they last won the S.League title back in 2013. But even with a two-goal advantage from their first-leg win over Geylang, their co-tenants at Our Tampines Hub, Tampines are well

"Matchpix" - October 2018

Singapore Cup - Balestier Khalsa 2-2 DPMM 031018 Most of the shots like this was snapped where the lights were the brightest  Although Balestier Khalsa Football Club drew 2-2 with DPMM FC, the Tigers were knocked out of the RHB Singapore Cup after losing 4-2 on aggregate to the Bruneians. Poor lightnings at the stadium made the shooting experience an arduous task. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES #ThankYouFara - 071018 Fahrudin Mustafic marked the end of his glittering career at OTH Our Tampines Hub witnessed the end of a great footballing career as Tampines Rovers Football Club skipper Fahrudin Mustafic retires from professional football with a testimonial match featuring some of the luminaries in local football in his honour. Thank you very much, Fara. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES Friendly - S'pore Selection 0-1 Australia U19 151018 The Young Socceroos played their last warm-up at Bishan before leavi

How Singapore Cup benefitted Asean clubs not Singapore's

Time has changed, as Singapore football now sees teams from the Philippines as the favourites to win this season's RHB Singapore Cup. With the Filipino clubs' good run in the ongoing AFC Cup tournament which saw both Global Cebu FC and Ceres-Negros be featured in the upcoming semi-finals of the continental competition's Asean zonal group, it is justified to say the footballing standard in the archipelago is on the rise. Ceres (black) ripped apart Tampines twice this year This testament is backed by Kazuaki Yoshinaga, the head coach of reigning Cup holders Albirex Niigata (Singapore) who related his team's experience against Ceres-Negros in a pre-season friendly played in February. Speaking to The Straits Times  after the draw of the preliminary round of this season's tournament, the 49-year-old said: "We have played against Ceres Negros before and they are not a pushover." NO LONGER "WHIPPING BOYS" ... On top of the launch of the Phili

[Singapore Cup] Albirex Kept Unprecedented Dream Alive After Tepid Win ...

Anxious moments for Balestier (yellow) It was not the best game to be shown on live television but it really does not matter when you were able to get the job done at the end of the day like Albirex Niigata (Singapore) did at Toa Payoh earlier. One would expect the Japanese side to go all out to secure a bigger buffer in the second-leg of RHB Singapore Cup semi-final match against Balestier Khalsa whom they had a wafer-thin one-goal advantage carried into this match. Atsushi Kawata (left) closely monitored  But none of that urgency was shown in the match that was best described as uninspiring and tepid encounter which most would not associated to the usual intensity of a Cup game. Barred for some anxious moments in the Balestier's penalty area in the first half when Albirex found themselves tried to break down the Tigers' resilience at the back, there wasn't much action to keep the sporadic crowds at the ground or viewers at home at the edge of their seats.

[Singapore Cup] - Tampines Rovers STRETCHED To The Final ...

Tampines faced an aggressive opponents in Ceres (black) Tampines Rovers knew that something wasn't quite right when they took on UFL side Ceres La Salle in the returning leg of their RHB Singapore Cup semi-final fixture at the Jalan Besar Stadium last evening. The Stags were a depleted side with several notable absentees like skipper Fahrudin Mustafic (suspension), Fazrul Nawaz (injury), etc. thus taking on an aggressive side like Ceres would meant to see both their mental and physical strength being put a test right from the start. Encounters like this were common occurrences  Which was eventually the case when the team from Bacolod raided the designated away side with sheer aggressiveness that barely allowed the latter any freedom to roam around. Not less than three times in a space of fifteenth minutes since the kickoff saw Ceres being awarded free kicks from the edge of the box after Azkal international Patrick Reichelt effectively forced Tampines committed those

"Matchpix" - October/November 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) Thank You Aleks 31/10/2014 Aleks watching the video tribute It was an emotional evening when the time has come to call it a day for Aleksandar Duric and thanks for being the perfect model since I took up football photography. A tribute prior to the kick-off and after the 2-1 win over Brunei DPMM FC had the big man in tears as we saw the last of him in action on a football field. Thank You, Aleks. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES Singapore Cup Final: Balestier Khalsa 3-1 Home United 7/11/2014 Hoist the Cup, Tigers! As what Balestier Khalsa Football Club's chairman Mr S Thavaneson said this is "significant victory" for the club for being one of the founding members of the league. And more significantly, the

[Singapore Cup] Tigers broke the "Domination" with an emphatic 3-1 win over Home United

Zaiful (yellow jersey) dominated the play in his box Just like how he did in the semifinals that aided Balestier Khalsa to the RHB Singapore Cup final after knocking out Tampines Rovers on penalties, custodian Zaiful Nizam is the Tigers' star of the night again. The former Lion City Cupper put up another stellar performance for the Toa Payoh-based club in front of 6,000 at the Jalan Besar Stadium to beat defending holders Home United 3-1 to clinch the side's second honour for the consecutive season (Balestier were the League Cup winners last year). Staying true to the spirit of any Cup fixture, the designated home side did not sit back to allow their neighbours across Braddell Road to take any advantage of having a more potent frontline that would win any game on their day. Sadly though, the night did not belong to the Protectors who were left frustrated for much of the game, not just because of Zaiful's heroics, but also due to the well-marshalled backline led b

[Singapore Cup] Tigers' Kraljevic unperturbed by past records to stay focus in Final showdown

Balestier's coach Marko Kraljevic (file picture) It is by no mean an easy feat to see Balestier Khalsa's coach Marko Kraljevic to lead the unfancied Tigers to the club's second Cup Final on consecutive season. After all, the Croatian is considered a rookie for taking charge a S.League senior side for the first time in his coaching career that saw him once handled the Prime League squads of both Balestier and Woodlands Wellington in recent years. Speaking ahead of tomorrow's RHB Singapore Cup Final against Home United, their much illustrious opponents across Braddell Road, the 49-old-year appeared confident when sat down with this blogger after his team's training session at their Toa Payoh base last evening. Said the former Tampines Rovers midfielder:"I believe with the high spirit, we are having at this moment, we can win the Cup, "This is especially after we made it to the top-six of the league (after Round Two), everything started to be on

"Matchpix" - September 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) International Friendly: Singapore 2-1 Papua New Guinea 6/9/14 Sahil Suhaimi (center) was shielded from the ball PNG coach Wynton Rufer was absolutely class in his dealing with the media last night after his side's gallant 2-1 loss to Singapore for taking command in the proceedings at the post-match presser and "chided" their hosts for "underestimation" of his team who were lauded for being the hungrier side. And it is always a challenge to snap when one of the teams are decked in black outfit which would easy fused into the dark backdrop of the composition. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES Singapore Cup SF - Balestier Khalsa 1-0 Tampines Rovers (PK 4-1) 25/9/14 Paul Cunningham (hidden) surrounded (fil

[Singapore Cup] Zaiful's heroics propelled Tigers to the Final

Zaiful dived to deny Mustafic's spot-kick The fairy tales continued for Balestier Khalsa after they secured a berth in the RHB Singapore Cup Final, where they are going to face either Home United or Brunei DPMM on the 7th of November at Jalan Besar, after knocked out Tampines Rovers 4-1 on penalties in the semi-final at the Toa Payoh Stadium last evening. Following a nail biting end to their Round Two league fixtures that saw pipped ahead of their "Pinball" rivals, Hougang United to be among the top echelon of the league table, the Tigers had to endure another nerve-wrecking moments before making to another major Cup Final second year on running (they won the League Cup last year). The ball hit my shin in the end after out of play Starting the second leg of this series on a one-goal disadvantage, Balestier coach Marko Kraljevic had declared his team would opt for an attacking tactic which he felt was a more viable option. Speaking to the official site (sle

"Matchpix" - April - July 2014 (sorry for the delay...)

(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) Long before you think I am not longer taking shots from the pitchside as active as I used to, I managed to compile a few along the way sporadically (After all, it was quite an investment I had for those gears). AFC Cup - Home Utd 2-1 Churchill Brothers 2/4/14 Home United was one of the two sides played in the AFC Cup tournament few months ago and didn't make it to the next phrase like they last did in 2012. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO THE REST OF THE MATCH PICTURES Touring of the new National Stadium 21/5/14 Glad it is ready by now that when I was there to see the pitch surface of the new stadium, I did have my doubts with all those rumbles and constructions still ongoing around the arena. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SEE THE REST OF THE SHOTS