Geylang International FC

Interview with former Eagles, PJ Roberts

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The following is an interview with PJ Roberts, a former Geylang United player and media personality, who played alongside current Singapore stalwart Baihakki Khaizan and fellow Australians Peter Bennett, Brendon Santalab, Alexander Duric, and Lim Tong Hai in the team that finished as S.League and Singapore Cup runners-up in 2003.

After just one season with the Eagles, PJ was forced into retirement due to injury. However, he remains a well-known personality in the media fraternity, as he continues to appear on TV shows.

Which is your most memorable match as a player?

My most memorable match was the 2003 Singapore Cup final. We played a solid game but eventually lost to the worthy winner – Home United.

What’s your opinion of the current squad?

The current squad has a good mix of experienced players in Ridhuan Muhammad, Aliff Shafaein, Mustaqim Manzur, Hamqaamal Shah, and Hafiz Nor, all former members of the Singapore national team. Along with the retained list of local players from last year, the likes of Shah Hirul, Fabian Kwok, Joey Sim, Jalal Jasim, and Khairulnizam Jumahat, the 2014 Geylang International team will have the backbone and stability required. The five foreigners signed — Kento Fukuda, Yuki Ichikawa, Franco Chivilo, Joaquin Lopez, and Leonel Felice — further enhance and provide the needed strength in terms of defence, midfield, and attacking options.

How far do you think they can progress this year?

I would predict a top-six finish this year for the Eagles, as Coach Vedhamuthu Kanan has a good, diverse squad. The key is for them to unite as a team and be incredibly difficult to break down. A disciplined, tactical approach to each game is essential.

Who do you think fans should look out for this year?

Definitely Ridhuan, Leonel, Kento, and Franco will be the ones to look out for.

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