Friday, December 12, 2014


Stags Getting Ready For New Season

Last season was a rarity for Tampines Rovers. After five consecutive top two finishes they finished just above the bottom half of the season in 3rd and the club will be looking for better in the 2015 SLeague.

Coach Rafiq Ali has been replaced by V Sundramoorthy, a legend in Singapore delighting in the name of The Dazzler (maybe he was involved with a washing detergent?) who spent last season in Malaysia with Negeri Sembilan.

One other change at the club sees Aleksander Duric hanging up his boots and taking over as fitness coach as well as assisting Sundram with the first team. I can imagine that news was greeted with a few good natured groans as Duric is well known for his own personal fitness levels and standards.

On the pitch the Stags have apparently brought in Guadeloupe international Eddy Viator. Me, I never knew there was a Guadeloupe international side but there is and good steady Eddy, formerly of SPA and Felda United in Malaysia (yes there really is a team called SPPA in Malaysia) is part of it. And aged 32 he is the right age for the squad known for the experience it packs.

Another signing has been Hassan Sunny coming off the back of a successful season with Warriors where he won the SLeague. A bit of a surprise really considering the fine form he showed last season, perhaps he is being brought in to add some youthful experience...after all he is only 30. Quite young for Tampines.

If Hassan is borderline young then Fabrice Noel, a Haitian striker who played in Malaysia last season with ATM is literally just out of short pants. At 29 he may well be one of the youngest players in the squad if the move is confirmed!

As well as the changes on the on the pitch and in the dugout, there will be a new stadium for Tampines. No, their new one isn't ready yet, don't be silly. Instead their new stadium will be Jurong West, even further from their home 'burb of Tampines in the east.

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