Tuesday, January 27, 2015


Safuwan Joins ALeague City

I don't know if anyone in Australia reads this here blog but if they did they would know how highly I rate Singaporean defender Safuwan Baharudin. So consistent have his performances been over the last few years he has made the Jakarta Casual Team of the Year for three consecutive years.

Now comes news he has been snapped up by ALeague and Abu Dhabi football franchise Melbourne City till the end of the season. And who knows, once he is in that little group what is to say other parts of the franchise, be they Manchester or New York, don't come a calling and shunt the player around a la Frank Lampard.

No, seriously, it is good news and  not just for the player. There is so much negativity about Singapore football on the island, this perhaps can show there is a bit of good going on as well.

The 23 year old defender has come through the ranks, following Singapore football's development programme from the National Football Academy to the Young Lions and onto LionsXII. It must come as a blow to the persistent nay sayers who say Singapore football is doomed and the players are crap.

If a player is good enough and works hard enough then the possibilities are there. Just look at Hariss Harun whose career followed a similar path before ending up across the causeway at Johor Darul Tazim and is looking forward to an Asian Champions League qualifying tie against Indian side Bengalaru next week.

Safuwan's move comes at the same time international goalkeeper Hassan Sunny made the switch to Thai Premier League side Army United after a successful trial there. It is worth pointing out John Burridge has been raving about Sunny for a while now and if you don't know who Burridge is then I suggest you google and find out.

Even Fazrul Nawaz had been doing enough to make foreign clubs sit up and take notice when Sabah signed him...who knows what went wrong there.

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