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5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Talented Offspring Hairul Syirhan

11145176_956749074344715_1519709196015065223_oGeylang International’s young custodian Hairul Syirhan shares his experience as an Eagle and his feelings about the upcoming fixture against Japanese counterparts, Albirex Niigata (S) FC on 02nd August 2015 at the Bedok Stadium.

5 Questions in 5 Minutes with Eagles’ Talented Offspring Hairul Syirhan

Question 1 –

Hairul, how do you feel about the teams’ performance about the game against Tampines Rovers ?

Ans: According to me, the team (Geylang) gave their all and their very best for the full 90 minutes. However, it was sad yet frustrating that we could not hit the target and convert it to goals with the given chances. On the other hand, small errors at the back led to the two goals which cost us the points. However, I am sure we will work on the mistakes to develop and learn to become better for the upcoming games. It was a good performance overall as we kept on going, despite a 2-0 deficit. It was an unfortunate loss, but I am sure we will come back stronger on Sunday.

Question 2 –

When did you first started playing soccer and why did you choose to become a goalkeeper ?

Ans: I started playing soccer in Primary 2 and since then, football has been part of my daily life. At first, I did not play as a goalkeeper, but instead, as an attacking midfielder or striker in the early days. During Secondary 1, I made the switch from scoring to saving goals. That sudden change was because, during a social league game, we had not enough players, so I volunteered to play as the team’s custodian. After that game, everybody was shocked with my performance and told me that I was actually good and should play more as a goalkeeper. That’s how it began and my interest grew on from there.

Question 3 –

How is it like being the youngest in Geylang’s set-up and how does it feel to be rubbing shoulders with your role-model, the S.League legend, Yazid Yazin ?

Ans: The Eagles’ journey has been great and being the youngest comes with certain benefits and repercussions. On a lighter note, I do get picked on and be the centre of attraction in trainings, but I know that they mean no harm and it is all for fun. Furthermore, everybody went through that stage in their younger days. Apart from that, I learn a lot from the senior players like Hafiz Osman, Anaz Hadee and Nor Azli, as they taught me some in-game lessons and tips.

In the goalkeeping aspect, nobody can get a better role model than the legend himself, Yazid Yazin. He made five terrific saves in the game against Stags that night. He is certainly a top-notch goalkeeper and I have got loads to learn from him. Yazid has been very consistent and in every game he is dedicated as he puts his body on the line for the club. Yazid constantly guides me and shares some key pointers to improve my game during trainings. Overall, I managed to build a bond with my teammates, staff, coaches, and there are now, like a family to me.

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Question 4 –

Your thoughts about the upcoming game against Albirex Niigata (S) and do you think Geylang can claim three points at Bedok Stadium, this Sunday ?

Ans: Of course every game, I would like to win and I want the three points badly on Sunday. There will be not much preparation as we only have 1 day to train before the game. We just have to give our best and let our performance do the talking. Nevertheless, I am confident that the Coaches will get us ready and primed for the clash against the White Swans. If the team keep playing their hearts out and tweak things at the back, winning will not be a problem. However, I am missing the form we had during The New Paper League Cup 2015 and I am sure that we will rack up the points soon enough.

Question 5 –

Who is your favourite player and What makes Geylang special to you ?

Ans: David De Gea from Manchester United FC. The reason is because in the first season, he was seemed shaky and unstable. However, over time with much training and hardwork, the Spaniard is now one of the best in the world. I feel like I am in the same situation as DDG as I might not be the best now, but I know I will work hard to be the best in the coming future.

Geylang gave me my first S.League professional contract. As I was previously from the youth prime league set-up, I noticed that Geylang has a rich history in developing players over the years like Khairulnizam Jumahat and etc. I know that, I am in safe hands under Scott Starr and the other coaches at Geylang. I definitely can strive here and hopefully be the best in the S.League in the future.

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