Gombak 1 Tampines 4 | Bulls floored by late strikes

January 23, 2011


On paper, this looks like a bad defeat for Gombak. Of course, getting beaten by three clear goals at home is never a good thing, but as it sometimes is in pre-season, the result was not a fair reflection of what in essence was an even game for two teams with fairly settled squads. Gombak […]

Posted in: Friendly, Gombak, Tampines

FAS’s vision for the 4-2-3-1; Will the ‘one formation fits all’ mantra work?

January 20, 2011


More than 40 members of the media converged upon FAS’s office at Tyrwhitt Rd on Wednesday for a press conference. FORTY. And they didn’t even know what they were even there for. All they knew was that FAS president Zainudin Nordin, the sec-gen Winston Lee and Lions coach Raddy Avramovic would be there.¬†Contrast this to […]

Posted in: Comment, Lions

SAFFC 1 Johor FC 2 | Warriors bogged

January 16, 2011


I actually arrived almost half an hour late for this game, and by then the scores were already 1-1. Despite missing two goals, I did catch the winner – a stunning 25-meter shot by one of the Johor FC midfielders – just before half-time. And despite not seeing any other goals in the second half, […]

Posted in: Friendly, Pre-Season, SAFFC

Woodlands 0 Geylang 1 | Amos goes from hero to zero

January 6, 2011


Veteran goalkeeper Amos Boon went from hero to zero as Woodlands Welington went down to a solitary goal at home to Geylang United. The Rams signing from Hougang United kept his side in the game by keeping out a penalty from Hafiz Rahim, but then allowed a looping cross dip into goal behind him¬†ala David […]

2010 in review | Switch Play’s Best XI

December 26, 2010


The writers at S.League.com recently announced their ‘Dream Team’ for 2010. The players are lined-up in a 3-4-3 formation and are, from right to left, as follows: Hassan Sunny; Paul Cunningham, Benoit Croissant, Loic Leclercq; Chun Jae Woon, Shahdan Sulaiman, K. Vikraman; Aliff Shafaein, Frederic Mendy, Aleksandar Duric, Shahril Ishak. Now, the whole exercise of […]

Posted in: Best XI, Review

SAFFC 3 Sabah FA 2 | Positives for Bok as Warriors complete memorable comeback

December 21, 2010


I did a double-take when I read SAFFC coach Richard Bok’s comments before the friendly against Malaysian side Sabah FA. On the Warriors’ website, he had said new signing Bah Mamadou “should form a good understanding with Daniel Hammond and Daniel Bennett in a likely back-three”. Back three? Would Bok actually kick aside his traditional […]

Posted in: Friendly, Pre-Season, SAFFC

The 2010 Suzuki Cup fallout | What’s next in terms of tactics & selection?

December 12, 2010


In the aftermath of Singapore’s group-stage elimination at the Suzuki Cup, many questions have been raised. Should coach Raddy Avramovic go? Tactically, is this the time to adopt the 4-2-3-1 system “identified” by FAS technical director Slobodan Pavkovic in April as the way to go for Singapore football, from youth teams up to the senior […]