For the last four months, Sanders Saurajen has been training with Geylang International. And being able to train and play with many of Singapore’s leading professionals is a rare opportunity which the 21-year-old is thankful for.
However, the time has now come for him to trade one childhood dream for another. He will be leaving for the UK at the end of the month to pursue a five-year dentistry undergraduate degree at King’s College London.
“Football is a passion of mine. I’m thankful to be able to play amid a pandemic,” said Saurajen.
After completing his National Service in April, Saurajen had the opportunity to train with the Eagles before he embarked on the next chapter of life in the UK. It did not take too long before he got propelled in the limelight in one of the most high profile matches in the Singapore Premier League in May.
An impressive performance against Lion City Sailors at Jalan Besar Stadium where he gave a good account of himself including making several point-blank saves by denying the likes of Stipe Plazibat, Player of the Year Gabriel Quak and Young Player of the Year Saifullah Akbar earned him many plaudits.
Head Coach Noor Ali said: “For an amateur boy who has been playing social football, Sanders is definitely one to look out for in the future.”
Despite a 2-1 loss to the Sailors, it was a debut Saurajen will remember.
“I want to thank coach Noor for the trust he placed in me and for giving me the opportunity to play,” said Saurajen.
In his short time at the club, Saurajen has also forged meaningful friendships on and off the pitch including one with fellow goalkeeper Zainol Gulam.
“I’m thankful for the guidance Zainol has given me. I’ve known him for a long time. He is not only a great goalkeeper but a great friend,” said Saurajen.
As Saurajen prepares for the next phase of his life, he will look back fondly at his short but memorable stint with the Eagles.
“Geylang is family. I will be supporting and watching the team wherever I am,” smiled Saurajen.