Eagles’ Captain Focused On Springing A Surprise Against Global-Cebu
By Andrew Ang on 20 June 2017
A tantalising clash is set to await spectators at Jalan Besar Stadium, on 21st June 2017, as Geylang International play host to Philippines’ giant, Global Cebu in the preliminary rounds of the RHB Singapore Cup 2017.
Global have always been traditional powerhouses in the Philippines and continue to still be as they are currently placed third amongst eight teams in the inaugural Philippines Football League 2017.
After an unfortunate 5-4 aggregate defeat to Home United, Global were eliminated from the AFC Cup and now look forward in securing a cup trophy for the season, in the means of the Singapore Cup. This year would mark the fifth time, Global is being invited for this illustrious local cup competition, held in Singapore.
Global also known as ‘The People’s Club’, are currently on a good form, as they dispatched Ilocos United with a 3-0 victory, three days ago and are fully focused in clipping the Eagles’ wings, this Wednesday.
With goalscoring machine and skipper, Misagh Bahdoran spearheading the attack alongside seasoned campaigners with the likes of Dennis Villanueva, Amani Aguinaldo, Hikaru Minegishi, Matthew Hartmann and young starlet Paolo Salenga, Global is indeed a force to be reckoned with.
With that mentioned, things could be tough for the Eagles though, as they come in to this game on the back of a demoralising 2-0 defeat by Warriors FC, and are currently placed fifth in the S.League table with 14 points from 11 games.
Nevertheless, Geylang’s captain, Isa Halim vows to go all guns blazing against their Philippines counterparts, despite the Eagles’ inconsistent form.
“It is never going to be easy going up against Global Cebu, whom narrowly missed out on being AFC Cup ASEAN zone finalists and not forgetting their quality and depth in all departments,” noted Isa.
“However, our pride as a Singaporean outfit is at stake, so we will do out very best to spring a surprise and possibly upset the odds. We have to start strong, take the initiative and take the game to them, instead of sitting back. It would be a mammoth task, but we want to repay the faith of our fans whom amazingly turn up in numbers for our games.”
The hard-tackling midfield dynamo also admits that his team are currently experiencing a rough patch, but is optimistic about the upcoming games in the season.
“It is very normal that any team will go through difficult times, but they will pick up sooner or later. At the moment, we need to keep positive and work hard in trainings to fine tune our errors. Right now we have Global, so we are all focused and would love to prove our critiques wrong alongside giving our supporters something to cheer about,” said Isa.
The Eagles were eliminated in the Quarter-Finals stage last year, for the fourth time in a row and to mention, Global FC emphatically knocked the Eagles out at their own backyard, Bedok Stadium, during the 2015 campaign, with a 4-1 comeback victory in the second leg.
With a Quarter-Finals’ spot at stake, the ‘greenwhitearmy’ would give it all to salvage their unfortunate season, and probably rely on the cup tournament to claim a piece of silverware, and book the ‘golden ticket’ to fly the flag high in the AFC Cup, next year.
*Photos Courtesy of S.League