Geylang International FC

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Midfield Destroyer, Taufiq Ghani

Geylang International’s Midfield Destroyer, Tuafiq Ghani Shares His Views & Opinions About Being A Geylang Eagle.

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Midfield Destroyer, Taufiq Ghani

Question 1 –
Congratulations on netting your first goal for GIFC this season. Could you please share your feelings on being on the score sheet and your thoughts about the ‘do-or-die’ TNP Semi-Final clash with the White Swans tonight? 

Ans: I was the most confident of putting the ball into the net from the spot. For me if you feel confident, you won half the battle and just go for it. Hence, I picked the ball up and proceeded to the penalty spot. It feels amazing to tuck away the spot-kick and get on the score sheet, after a long time of not playing. According to me, a simple tap-in or a penalty or a wonder-strike, a goal will always be a goal to remember. Coach Noor Ali and we have been preparing hard for the Albirex game and we know what we should do to stop them. We have also been working on our combination plays and will be raring to get the first goal tonight.

Question 2 –
You started your career as an Eagle in 2012 and after moving to Woodlands and Hougang, you have returned home to the Eagles’ Nest aka Bedok Stadium in 2016. Please share with us your S.League experience so far and how is Geylang different from other clubs?

Ans: Coach There has been lots of ups and downs in my career. However, I just keep getting up and pushing on to the next day with full optimism of tomorrow being a better day. In football, we must continue to work hard and put in tons of determination, even when the going is tough. All clubs are more or less similar, with their zealous fan bases, superb club management and close bonding amongst players. Geylang have paved me the way to begin my first professional match and I am happy to be back with the Eagles, hopefully winning something would be an additional bonus to my term with the ‘greenwhitearmy’.’GeylangBoleh!’

Question 3 –
In all of your playing career, which is the best centre midfielder you have been paired up with and which has been the toughest attacking midfielder you have been tasked to mark??

Ans: According to me, my team-mate in Woodlands Wellington FC, Atsushi Shimono was the best partner in crime in the middle of the park with me. He is very passionate about the game and is truly crazy with his stamina and box-to-box runs. My good buddy can run non-stop for 90 minutes (or even more) and he is simply outstanding. My toughest opponent would be Lee Kwan Woo from Home United FC. He was top notch and a cut above the rest with his touches. Kwan Woo has always been impressive with or without the ball. His strength was intelligently reading passes and executing defence splitting passes to unleash the goal scorers for a 1v1 finish.

Question 4 –
With you and your brother plying the trade for the Eagles, explain how is the feeling to share the same dressing room with Shahfiq Ghani and share with us about Geylang’ tenacious support groups since your younger days till now?

Ans: I am actually very delighted to be in the same team with my brother, so that we can work towards our individual and team goals together, instead of opposing each other. It feels wonderful to be part of the same team, as our bond strengthens and we got chemistry playing with each other side by side. My parents always wanted us to stick together from young, and it has happened again last year, when we both made the decision to play for the Eagles in Bedok Stadium. The Eagles’ Nest has always been super noisy before, during and after games. The Geylang supporters and fan groups have been simply superb as they cheer us on despite the score and results. They keep on going and that is the driving force for us as we want to repay them with goals and victories for their dedicated efforts and time supporting us Eagles.

Question 5 –
If given a choice to form an All-Star S.League team, who would your Starting XI be and why?

Ans: Hmmm. It is a tough choice as I got many friends in the S.League and there are a lot of quality players out there. However, if really got a chance to do this, I would definitely choose these players and play a 3-5-2 formation.

GK: Ridhuan Baharudin

DF: Wahyudi Wahid, Delwinder Singh, Muhammad Al-Qaasimy

MF: Faritz Hameed, Atsushi Shimono, Taufiq Ghani, Carlos Delgado, Safirul Sulaiman

ST: Shahfiq Ghani and Stipe Plazibat

Captain: Of Course Me lah… HAHAHAH.

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