Gloom at the NFA

September 15, 2011

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‘Rage, rage against the dying of the light.’ Will the Lions’ 6-4 aggregate win over Malaysia in July’s World Cup qualifier prove to be a desperate, final flourish – the closing of Singapore’s dominant chapter in the Causeway rivalry? Given that Radojko Avramovic’s men had the better of the Malaysians at both Jalan Besar and […]

The Monkey: Singapore 0 Iraq 2

September 7, 2011

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The Monkey briefly wondered if Jalan Besar Stadium is only capable of rockingĀ  when Malaysia visit, before settling down to pen these notes from the World Cup qualifier between Singapore and Iraq. 1. A mixed bag from Singapore. A number of Lions turned in good defensive performances, yet theywere left pondering costly errors. Keeper Lionel […]

The Monkey: China 2 Singapore 1

September 3, 2011

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The Monkey’s eyes lit on Channel 5, not to watch a Manchester United reserve match but to catch the Lions in their World Cup qualifier against China at the Tuodong Stadium in Kunming. Here’s the verdict: 1. China scores an own goal. By hosting this match in the high altitude of Kunming, the China Football […]

Awayday blues

August 29, 2011

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Khairul Amri in Dushanbe in 2007

Ahead of Singapore’s higher Chinese test in Kunming, style mesti ada takes a look at the Lions’ away record over the last decade – and the need for the Football Association of Singapore to get out their addressbooks. Between January 2001 and August 2011, the Lions played 66 international matches on foreign soil, spanning two […]

The Monkey: Thailand 0 Singapore 0

August 25, 2011

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The Monkey hopped onto an internet stream to catch Thailand and Singapore play out a 0-0 draw at the Rajamangala Stadium. Here are the notes he scribbled: 1. A draw was a fair result. Singapore had a legitimate goal wrongly ruled out for offside in the 55th minute. Shi Jiayi’s sweet ball split the Thai […]

Independence days, part II

August 24, 2011

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Singapore captain Quah Kim Swee

Going into the 1965 South-East Asian Peninsular (SEAP) Games, the mood in the Singapore camp was clearly one of confidence. “Beautiful soccer” was the verdict of acting Singapore Amateur Football Association (SAFA) president Kee Yew Leng after a 1-0 friendly win over Johor in November. Musing over the depth of the squad, Kee was of […]

The Monkey: Albirex 2 SAFFC 2

August 19, 2011

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The Monkey navigated his way past the uncles and pundits propping their feet up at the Jalan Besar Stadium to bring you these notes from the Singapore Cup quarter-finals: Albirex 2 SAFFC 2 (Albirex win 5-4 on pens). 1. SAFFC have a soft underbelly. With an experienced backline and a solid midfield core on paper, […]

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