Geylang International FC

Bringing goalkeeping at GUFC to the next level

As soon as the 2011 S.League season has ended, head coach Mike Wong reinforced the squad’s goalkeeping department by signing Singapore International Ridhuan Barudin. And goalkeeper coach Rameshpal Singh feels that having two goalkeepers of Yazid Yasin and Ridhuan Barudin’s quality will only help the team.

“This is how it should be as both goalkeepers will be on their toes and competing with each other as if anyone slips, he knows it is going to be a long wait before he can reclaim the No.1 spot. I always tell them that if one is doing well, it is because the other is there in training to provide the competition,” Ramesh, as he is more commonly known, commented.

On Eagles skipper Yazid Yasin, Ramesh praised the former for being one of the best professionals he has ever worked with.

“He has good character, attitude and work rate towards training,” Ramesh said. “It is only sad that many take the easy route and get a tall goalkeeper to solve their goalkeeping issues, but to me if you can tailor-make a programme to suit a short goalkeeper and work on him, he will be able to give you what is expected of a tall goalkeeper.”

One will find it hard to deny Ramesh’s statement having watched the Eagles’s games last year. It was his cat-like reflexes that saved the team time and again. One of the most important saves last season could very well be the final minute save against Albirex Niigata (S) at Bedok Stadium last year. ┬áThe Eagles won 1-0 and it would be one of the best birthday present for the skipper.

Young goalkeeper Ridhuan Barudin once trained under Ramesh inn 2004 when he was with the NFA Under-18.

“It is great to see how he has grown to be a man now and still playing. My only regret is that I wasn’t able to follow up on his progress after he graduated from NFA. He has his own strengths apart from Yazid and works very hard during training, always giving 100%,” Ramesh commented on Ridhuan.

Having joined the Eagles coaching setup since 2010, Ramesh’s aim is to help goalkeepers learn and fine tune all the techniques and skills required to become a top class goalkeeper. And also to bring goalkeeping at Geylang United to the next level.

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