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Interview: Basil Gerard Teo


Never afraid to blood their youths in the S-League, many of the Eagles’ Prime League players have been given opportunities to shine at the senior level and more often than not, these players prove they have what it takes to play against the best in the country.

Tonight, we take a look at one of these players again. Basil Teo’s name came into the scene last season when he impressed every time he turned out for the Eagles in the league. The former NFA graduate tells us a bit about himself.

Football for me began when

My primary school coach selected me for the football team. I was about 9 years old if I remember correctly. My dad used to bring me to the field opposite my house to play football when I was very young so I guess my interest began from there.

People who inspire me are

Probably Thierry Henry last time but right now it is definitely Jack Wilshere.

My footballing history

Is actually quite short. I played during Primary and Secondary school but it was only in Sec 5 that I got scouted. It was after the National Final against Singapore Sports School and we drew 3-3. I was called up to trial for the NFA U17 and I made it.From there, I made it to the NFA U18 team and played for Singapore U22 in the AFC Cup and for the U21s in the Newspaper Cup. It was after my NFA U18 stint that I decided to join the Eagles when Coach Donald and my friend Amy Recha asked me to.

My initial position was

As a striker in primary school then as a winger in secondary school. It was in Sec 5 that I was played as a central midfielder and have been ever since.

For the near future

Getting called up for the 2015 SEA Games squad is my aim. I would really like to play in the SEA Games. Currently, I hope to do well with the team and try to help us finish in the top 6 this season. I also hope we can win the FA Cup and the Prime League.

The current Eagles team

Leaves a very good impression on me. The players are all motivated and they all have a winning mentality. The seniors are very welcoming to the players from the Prime League squad which gives us a lot of confidence to play. I must say I am very impressed. Our current form is good and I hope to keep that run going.

My family

I can say are currently supportive to a certain extent about me playing football now but their sentiments are that they do not want me to continue playing football as a professional in the future, so we will have to see.

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