Geylang International FC

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Experienced Defender Sevki Sha’ban

Sevki feaGeylang International’s experienced and knowledgeable defender, Sevki Sha’ban shares his thoughts as an Eagle and his views about the upcoming fixture against Harimau Muda, on 16th October 2015 at the Hang Jebat Stadium, Malaysia.

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Experienced Defender Sevki Sha’ban

Question 1 –

Your feelings about ending the winless streak with an emphatic win and three crucial points against the Courts Young Lions, two weeks ago ?

Ans: We really prepared for the game very well, with extensive training sessions. I believe, we played very well in overall and especially in the second-half, we really went all out guns blazing. Credit to the team, as they did not stop fighting till the very last second and congratulations to Bruno Castanheira, whom netted an outstanding hat-trick, but still could have been more. The win comes after five months of agony and it will be indeed a stepping stone for the remaining games.

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Question 2 –

The Young Tigers are next in line, against the Eagles. Your thoughts about facing the quick Harimau Muda side, at their home ground?

Ans: Harimau Muda are another good side with many talented youngsters. They are equally tough as Courts Young Lions as they will be pacy and hard-working for the full 90 minutes. Harimau Muda would certainly make things difficult for us, but I think with the numerous trainings and preparations, Geylang is ready for them. We would love to avenge our defeat the last time round and return home with three points. Despite, having no silverware contention this season, the whole team are still eager to finish the season strong and we will be taking each game like a cup final. We are also aware, that a victory tonight, would see the Eagles climb up the table and be separated from our Malaysian counterparts, by just one point.

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Question 3 –

Who do you always aspire to be when you started playing football professionally and is the 2015 season, your final year in the S.League ?

Ans: My all time favourite player would be, Rafael Marquez. The Mexican international and prominent FC Barcelona’s defender is always composed in situations. He also possesses very good ball reading ability and makes perfectly-timed challenges, to regain possession.

Sadly, Yes. It will be my final season in the S.League. I will be retiring with the Eagles and I am really looking forward to play the last few games of the season. It has been a tough year for me as I was sidelined due to a knee injury, but am back to full training and I feel much better now. I have started two Prime League games and am more or less ready to return to the thick of action in the S.League.

In all these years, there were both good times and bad times in the S.League. Some years, I won medals and cups with clubs, and some years I would sadly part my way from a club and make new friends in another club. Overall, it was a fruitful journey, as I really got to learn many things from both senior and foreign players.

It is my turn to pass the baton to the younger generation and I really hope that Centre of Excellence (COE) youth development squads are re-established, as that particular initiative, really aided my generation of players to shine and develop.

Question 4 –

What do you do in your free time and do you have any hobbies or pastimes?

Ans: I am a simple guy, so nothing much. My hobbies during my free time would be definitely spending time with my wife and kids. I love to bring my family out for a nice meal as a form of family bonding and relaxation. I also frequent the gym to do a total workout, some conditioning and also strengthen my knees to recuperate from the injury. To be honest, I am a coffee addict and you can always catch me at Coffeebean and Starbucks outlets, having some caffeine to kill time and chill.

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Question 5 –

With you vast experience in the S.League, which past or present S.League players would make up your deadly XI selection, including yourself and what formation would you implement?

Ans: I would implement a 3-4-1-2 formation and with no foreign player quota, these players will by my standard selection.
Goalkeeper –
Hassan Sunny (Warriors FC)

Defenders – 3
Razif Mahmod – (Sembawang Rangers)
Sead Muratovic – (Tampines Rovers)
Sevki Sha’ban – (Geylang International)

Midfielders – 4
Sutee Suksomkit – (Tampines Rovers)
Tawan Sripan – (Sembawang Rangers)
Surachai Jaturapattarapong – (Home United)
Azhar Baksin – (Sengkang Punggol)

Support Strike – 1
Therdsak Chaiman – (SAFFC)

Forwards – 2
Mirko Grobovac (Tampines Rovers)
Noh Alam Shah (Tampines Rovers)

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