Here’s Singapore’s top 5 football happenings in 2018. And the emojis for them.
If you are a Singapore football fan, you would have compiled your very own list.
This is ours.
5. Home United are crowned club champions of the region.
Singapore’s Home United were crowned the Asian Football Confederation Cup ASEAN zone champions after overcoming Philippines side Ceres Negros by an aggregate of 3-1 over two legs.
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It was the first time that a Singapore club had picked up a regional trophy through the revamped AFC Cup competition.
Coach Aidil Sharin has since joined Malaysian side Kedah.
4. Saifullah Akbar signs for
Spanish side Tenerife Young Lions.
Young Singaporean footballer Saifullah Akbar was offered a contract with Spanish fourth tier side Tenerife.
But he rejected it to join the Young Lions instead.
While he was offered a contract and could have become Singapore’s first footballer to play in Spain, the player chose to play for the Young Lions instead.
Saifullah has since been targeted by Albirex Niigata but is mice to the White Swans has been thwarted by Young Lions coach Fandi Ahmad.
3. The S.League has a new name.
Singapore’s professional football league – the S.League was revamped as the Singapore Premier League.
“This is not a cosmetic relaunch,” said President of Football Association of Singapore Lim Kia Tong at the launch.
But after a season, it looks like it has been more of the same.
Albirex Niigata are still champions and fans are still staying away from the stadiums.
And everyone is still wondering why.
2. V Sundram Moorthy out. Fandi Ahmad in. Fandi Ahmad out.
After a poor run and two years of what was described as under-achievement, V. Sundram Moorthy parted ways with the FAS despite having 11 months to run on his contract.
Amazingly, Singapore did not win a competitive fixture under Sundram.
In his place, Fandi Ahmad was appointed as a caretaker head coach of the Lions.
Fandi’s result? See number 1 below.
1. Singapore fail to make the Suzuki Cup semi-finals. Again.
Despite starting the competition on a winning note by defeating Indonesia by a single goal, Fandi Ahmad could not do enough to prevent Singapore from an early exit.
Singapore went on to lose to Philippines and Thailand.
A win against Timor Leste was not good enough for the Lions to make it to the semi-finals.
It is now a hattrick of group stage exits at the Suzuki Cup for Singapore.