"...However, there remains much hard work ahead and we will continue to strive towards our goals, work on other areas in which we are lacking, and bring Singapore football to the next level." said FAS President Mr Zainudin Nordin in a media statement that lauded the achievements by the team and various individuals from victorious Suzuki Cup winning side in the inaugural AFF Awards 2013.
SINGAPORE - SAFFC dug deep to come from behind and give outgoing coach Richard Bok a perfect sending off, when they defeated Tampines Rovers 2-1 in the RHB Singapore Cup final at the Jalan Besar Stadium tonight.
Tampines first took the lead in the 25th minute, thanks to a mistake by SAFFC goalkeeper Shahril Jantan in the 25th minute.
So it was perfect farewell gift for departing SAFFC coach, Richard Bok, as the Warriors ended their trophy drought since 2009 with the clinching of the RHB Singapore Cup at the expenses of title challengers, Tampines Rovers at the Jalan Besar Stadium with a 2-1 scoreline.
The maths are, to coin a phrase Martin Tyler uses all too rarely, a piece of piss. Tampines Rovers are four points clear of nearest challengers DPMM and have just a game left, against Harimau Muda on 1 November.
The title could be theirs before then. DPMM, who won at Woodlands last night 2-1, play Hougang United this coming Wednesday at Hougang Stadium.
SAFFC have had a barren couple of years after so long dominating Singapore football but now they have the scent of glory in their nostrils. Their 1-0 win away to Gombak United meant they reached the Singapore Cup Final for the first time since 2008 when they defeated Woodlands Wellington in the Final.
I bet you woke up this morning thinking what you really needed to know was the latest in the
Singapore League Cup. Go on, don't be bashful. you know it;s true. I mean who needs the Olympics
when you busting a gut to find out how Gombak United got on against Tampines as they meet for the
zillionth time this year.
The League Cup Draw result (credit: Albirex Niigata (S) FC)As part of the arrangement announced
earlier this year, local communication provider Starhub will be the title sponsors of this season's
League Cup tournament, the second domestic cup competition for the involving S.League clubs.
With the exception of Harimua Muda, the remaining 12 teams of the league will be taking part in
this tournament, now called "Starhub League Cup", that will kick off in late July and conclude in
mid August before the resuming of the Round 19 fixtures of the S.
There's never a dull moment in Singapore. Last night we saw the champions Tampines Rovers defeated
at home by SAFFC while Home United were turned over by Tanjong Pagar 1-0. A Tanjong Pagar team it
will be remembered, possibly, who shipped five to Young Lions last time out.
Which all means the SLeague table remains its freshness albeit with a distinctly foreign feel to
As he strolled off the pitch following the end of the AFC Cup Group H match that saw his side Tampines Rovers lost 3-2 to Selangor FA of Malaysia, it could also mean the end of continental involvement as a player for 42-year-old Aleksandar Duric since his appearance with Geylang United in 2004 followed by his stint with SAFFC that included appearance in the prestigious Asian Champions League in 2009.
Thought of wanting to take a better view of how Tampines Rovers' "Marquee Player" Martin Wagner would fare, after only saw him in action at the Charity Shield from a flat perspective.
Unfortunately for the second game on the roll, the Argentine signing was left on the bench without having a role in the game at Clementi that saw the defending champions came from behind to record their first win in three recent outings against a resilient Balestier Khalsa.
SINGAPORE - Former SAFFC captain Nenad Bacina is expected to be unveiled as the new coach of Tampines Rovers at a press conference hosted by the club on Friday ahead of the kick-off of the Great Eastern-Yeo's S-League 2013 season.
The 41-year-old, who led Hougang United to eighth spot in the S-League last year, told Croatian news agency Dalmacijia News that he had accepted club chairman Teo Hock Seng's offer to lead the Stags in their title defence this season.
Tampines Rovers retained the title on another tense ending
Seriously, if we look back at the precedents that led to this situation at Jalan Besar Stadium this evening, it wasn't meant to be in this manner.
Couple of messing up here and there by Tampines Rovers, the defending champions landed themselves to this inevitable plight against an impressive makeshift Harimau Muda, who were crippled with a number of notable absentees.
The previous three meetings between these East Kalimantan rivals in Samarinda had seen the home team triumph each time but they were left chasing the game this time round needing Bayu's late equaliser to snag a point.
What I really hope the outcome of us heading to the AFF Suzuki Cup Final for the first time five years is not being overshadowed by the "PalmerGate" that took place so suddenly this afternoon.
The Lions kept their composure throughout the game and was unfortunately not able to add more to the tally after Khairul Amri's 25-yard shot from outside sent the mostly red-shirted supporters into a state of euphoria in the 19th minute.
Hougang United v Balestier Khalsa 1-3 (Liam Shotton; Park Kang Jin 2, Gabriel Obadin) Tanjong Pagar v Woodlands Wellington 1-1 (Zerka Monsef; Jo Yoon Chang) Geylang International v Albirex Niigata 2-2 (Kawakami Norihiro 2; Kazuki Sakamoto, OG) Harimau Muda v Young Lions 2-1 Tampines Rovers v Hougang United Called off, it was pissing down
Late goals it seems have been the order of the day in the most exciting league in South East Asia.
It's not been the best of starts for SLeague champions Tampines Rovers but they are slowly dragging
themselves back up to the top part of the table. Coming from behind and needing an own goal to
overcome Young Lions may not be the chosen method of securing three points but that's what they had
to do last night but they won't be grumbling too much.
"He's only 42, he's better than Zizou!"Two goals from the man who just celebrated his 42nd birthday
days ago may have brought some cheers to national coach Raddy Avramovic, who made no secret of his
frustration of the lengthy win-less streak prior to this game against Hong Kong at "Wild Wild West"
- Jurong West Stadium.
(This entry is formulated based on information via the media release issued by the Football
Association of Singapore)
Bishan last hosted "A" international match in 2009Folks at Bishan will have another chance to see
some international football actions after a few AFC Cup matches (1,2) took place months ago, when
it was announced the Singapore national team will be facing their Hong Kong counterparts on the
15th of August at the Bishan Stadium.
Singapore's premier derby, the East Coast, has moved temporarily moved west and has the passion of snogging a dead fish. Tampines had lost their last game while Geylang have enough nous to give anyone a game.
The Stags had enough chances first half to shed some daylight between the rivals but each time the Geylang keeper was equal to the task.
A Singaporean businessman has been charged with corruption for offering free sex to three Lebanese soccer referees to induce them to fix a match in the city-state. Eric Ding Si Yang, 31, was charged with three counts of corruption on Saturday, a spokesman for the Corrupt Practices Investigation Bureau (CPIB) said.
The SLeague has been the daftest, most insane, nuttiest and most unpredictable league in the region over the last few years and this year is proving to be no exception. The top of the table reads like the bottom would have done a few years back with clubs like Tanjong Pagar and Balestier Khalsa usurping the chillied crab cart.
THE DECISION "I had decided that after we won the championship." said French defender Benoit Croissant as he would like to put the record straight on his decision to retire from the game after helping Tampines Rovers to retain their league title back in last November (pictured left).
Following the nail-biting finishing towards end of this season's Great Eastern Yeo's S.
Christian Gonzales has joined Arema ISL. The 36 year year naturalised striker will join a strike force that features Keith Kayamba (aged 40) and Alberto Goncalves (31) while Safee Sali has gone to Johor FC to escape the crap that is surrounding the game here.
Gonzales of course is a familiar name here as his goal scoring record shows since arriving from his native Uruguay.
Drama all the way as usual as Tampines Rovers held on to their SLeague title. Going into their final games of the season both the Stags and DPMM were in with a chance of glory though the Champions did have a one point advantage over the rivals from Brunei.
Tampines were hosting Harimau Muda and it took a 41st minute penalty from Mustafic Fahruddin to earn them the three points that guaranteed them the title.
It's not often you find a true one club man in South East Asian football. The idea of loyalty hasn't quite caught on with club owners who see their football clubs as little more than a toy to be tinkered with and a photo opportunity.
SAFFC coach Richard Bok breaks that mould. He has been with the club since 1996 but his career ended as a player before it ever really got started and since then he moved behind the scenes to do a variety of odd jobs before becoming coach in 2006.
Not quite the mini-Manila crowds as what we seen last year, but the vocal support for the "hosts" Loyola Meralco Sparks by the expatriate Filipinos was clearly in evidence at the Jalan Besar Stadium in this second leg fixture of the "Final Four" series between them and Tampines Rovers in the RHB Singapore Cup tournament.