The Eagles play host to title-chasing Lion City Sailors in the first of their three remaining fixtures in the extended Singapore Premier League starting tomorrow. They then entertain Balestier Khalsa in a rescheduled match the following Sunday, October 3 before wrapping up their season against Tampines Rover on October 10. All matches will kick off at 5.30pm at Our Tampines Hub (OTH)
Geylang International are currently in seventh place in the league and have won five out of 18 matches played since the start of the season. It has not been a smooth-sailing season for Head Coach Noor Ali, but the 46-year-old hopes he can restore football pride to the club as the 2021 season heads towards its conclusion.
“It has been a disappointing season, but I hope we can bring some cheers back to the fans and everyone who has stood by the club this season. I’ve been through some tough times in my career, both on and off the pitch. This is one of them. But I’m fighter and I never give up,” said Noor.
The Eagles finished fourth in the league last season and qualified for the AFC Cup for the first time since 2010. They have since struggled to replicate last season’s achievements. However, there have been bright sparks with several notable results and standout performances.
They got off to a flying start by beating Tanjong Pagar 2-1 in their season-opener thanks to a brace by Brazilian signing, Matheus Moresche. In April, the Eagles ended a six-match winless run by beating Young Lions 4-2 at Jalan Besar Stadium.
With the international break and cancellation of the AFC Cup, the Eagles came back strongly, enjoying back-to-back wins against Balestier Khalsa and Tanjong Pagar United before staging one of most memorable comebacks with a battling 3-1 Eastern Derby win over Tampines Rovers last month.
Moreshce, together with Amy Recha are the highest scorers for the club with 10 goals each. Amy is the first Geylang International player to reach double digits since Shawal Anuar did in 2017 and is also the first local player to reach 10 goals in a season since Hazzuwan Halim and Faris Ramli netted 10 and 16 respectively in 2019. The performances of Ilhan Noor and Amy did not go unnoticed as they earned their national team call up last month.
Tickets for the remaining three matches are available at $10 each. Fans must be fully vaccinated or a negative antigen rapid test (ART) will be required before entry into the venue.
Eagles’ fans can sign up for Geylang International’s club memberships for $10. In return, they will receive a free GIFC EZ link card along with free entry to all remaining home matches at OTH.