Geylang International players gear up for Sultan of Selangor’s Cup 2014
By Deepanraj Ganesan on 26 September 2014
One of the most highly anticipated matches in the ASEAN football calendar, the Sultan of Selangor Cup will be back for its 13th edition at the Shah Alam Stadium on 27 September 2014. A Singapore Selection side coached by Hougang United head coach Amin Nasir will see players selected from six different S.League clubs such as Woodlands Wellington, Albirex Niigata (S),Hougang United, Courts Young Lions, Tampines Rovers and Geylang International.
Tenacious midfielder Fabian Kwok, Captain Marval Ridhuan Muhammad, Livewire Hafiz Nor and Argentinian poacher Leonel Felice were all called upon to be in the squad and will look to represent Singapore football and Geylang to the best of their abilities.
Over the years, the match has garnered capacity crowds- an indication of how monumental the occasion is. EAGLES TV caught up with Geylang head coach Jorg Steinebrunner and the four selected EAGLES to hear their thoughts as they gear up to represent the S.League in match with Selangor.
First of all, I am very happy for the players because it means they have individually done well over the season. But for them to have done well, I think credit also has to go to the players around them.
It’s a great experience and I have told them to enjoy the occasion as much as they can. I hope they come back with good memories and free of any injuries.
If they perform well and other teams look at them, then it’s only good for the club because it shows that we are doing the right things. It can only boost the image of the club when a player shines and they realise that he is from Geylang International.
It’s a sign of progress for this club and shows how far we have come over the months. I know they will represent Geylang International and Singapore well.
The players at Geylang have told me a little about the SOS Cup and I am really looking forward to playing in the match. I heard that there will be a lot of people watching the match at the stadium and that can only motivate me more. Because when more people watch me , I feel more motivated and I hope I can do well on the pitch. It’s a good chance for me to show what I can do but you know me, I always try to do what I can do and do it with my best.I try to keep the ball as much and my aim is for the side to win and come back happy.
I did not expect this call- up but it shows I have done well in the season and I must thank coach Jorg.
It’s my first time to get the call up to this prestigious match and I felt really honoured when I found out about my selection. As always, I will give my full 100 percent and my target is to just play to the best of my abilities. From what I know, we have not won the last two editions so it would be great to contribute to a win. Hopefully we can play as a team and come back home as winners.
It’s a great honour to be called up. The last time I played in front of huge crowds was sometime back and it’s going to be great to play to huge crowds again. But what is important, is that we enjoy the game and come back with a win.
I was of course really happy to get called up again. From my first experience in 2012, it was such a great atmosphere and I can’t wait to soak it in again. Based on what I know from 2012, it will be hard to communicate on the field because it’s almost impossible to hear your teammates amidst all the noise from the crowd so individually we have to be aware. I can’t wait to enjoy the experience at the stadium and like I said before I will give my best in every game I play. Most important thing is to get the win and individually I hope to have contributed to the win and of course, playing beside a national team regular like Shahdan (Sulaiman) is something I am looking forward to and I want to learn as much as I can.