Geylang International FC

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Supreme Defender Kento Fukuda

10847537_926858830667073_4490125559311697721_oGeylang International’s Japanese Towering Defender Kento Fukuda shares his experience as an Eagle and his feelings about the upcoming fixture against the Courts Young Lions FC on 20th August 2015 at the Bedok Stadium.

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Supreme Defender Kento Fukuda

Question 1 –

How do you feel about the RHB Singapore Cup Quarter-Finals’ exit to Global FC at Bedok Stadium ?

Ans: It was very frustrating to throw away our first-leg lead, and  eventually lose to Global FC. According to me, the team (Geylang) gave their all and their very best for the full 90 minutes. However, it was defensive errors on our part, which cost us the two early goals, to allow the Philippines club back in to the game. We did show the hunger in grabbing the equalizer, but time soon expired, and we were left to rue our missed chances, which contributed to our elimination, as Global sealed the win in Extra-Time.

Question 2 –

How is the team preparing for its first S.League clash with Courts Young Lions, in the 2015 campaign ?

Ans: I am aware that we are placed at 9th spot in the S.League table, whilst CYL are 10th. A win would propel us further up the table and also distance ourselves from, the root of the table standings. Preparations have been going good at the Eagles’ Nest and the team have been working very hard to avoid putting a wrong foot, in this make or break league fixture.

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Question 3 –

What were your previous clubs and how special is Geylang International FC to you ?

Ans: I previously plyed my trade in recently promoted J.League Division 1 side, Shonan Bellmare. I then had a few loan spells and then moved to Singapore with Albirex Niigata (S) FC in 2013. In 2014, I joined the Eagles set-up and it really has become a joy to be part of the dynamic squad. Geylang is very special to me because, the coaches, staff, players and fans are like one big family. We constantly support each other, on and off the pitch at all times.

Question 4 –

What do you normally do in your free-time? Any hobbies ?

Ans: I love to swim, so usually after trainings or during spare time, I will throw myself into the pool and relax. Furthermore, I love to watch movies, so often I will be at home relaxing and catching up with all the latest blockbusters. Hobbies, I would say simply Shopping. I normally hang out with Tatsuro Inui, Yuki Ichikawa and a few friends in the Somerset vicinity, to possibly do some retail therapy. Furthermore, my favourite Singaporean dishes are both Chicken Rice and Mee Soto.

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Question 5 –

How is Jorg Steinebrunner different from other club coaches and are you confident of achieving the ‘Finish in Top-6’ target, set by your coach ?

Ans: Coach Jorg Steinebrunner, is a great tactician and furthermore he is very passionate about his work. Alongside Coach Jorg, Coach Owen Monaghan and Coach Scott Starr are also intelligent in drafting tactics and alternating formations to suit different game-plans. Honestly, in my humble opinion, Coach Jorg stands out, by giving immense support and always genuinely looks after his players very well.

With only the S.League left, the team (Geylang) is fired up and really want to show the S.League community what we are really worth. I believe that if we are able to rack up some points in the next few fixtures and get a wining streak, we are certainly able to reach the target. It will be a bonus to finish in the top-half of the table and I am confident that my teammates and I would not give up without a fight, till the final whistle.

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